ERA – Annual Conference on EU Law in the Food Sector 2016

What are the recent developments in EU food law? Has the EU-TTIP negotiations an impact on food safety? Which regulatory standards apply?

These questions upon others will be subject of the Annual Conference on EU Law in the Food Sector 2016. From 19th until 20th May 2016 experts and practitioners from the food sector will discuss in Parma/Italy. The conference is organised by ERA, the Academy of European Law, and hosted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

An exchange of views about “food safety and risk assessment” with experts from the EU Commission, Industry, EU member states and consumer representations will give an overview about the recent developments at national and EU level.

Additionally “food and health” are the main topic of the second part of the annual conference with the focus on food innovation and reformulation, health claims, nutrition and allergies and foods for specific groups.

Join the conference and get up to date information about recent legislative, case law and policy developments in the EU. For more information click here  or download the full programme here.

Among the speakers you will have the chance to hear:

  • Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC;
  • Paris Valeriu Curtui, Head of Unit, Nutrition Unit, European Food Safety Authority, Parma;
  • Dirk Detken, Head of Unit, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Unit, European Food Safety Authority, Parm;
  • Magnus Friberg, Partner, Advokatbyrån Gulliksson AB, Lund;
  • Javier Guillem Carrau, Member of the Legal Service, AGRI Team, European Commission, Brussels;
  • Ingrida Ilgauskiene, Course Director, Public Law Section, Academy of European Law, Trier;
  • Susanne Kettler, Senior Director Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Europe, Middle East and Africa, The Coca-Cola Company, Brussels;
  • Barbara Klaus, Partner, Rödl & Partner, Milan;
  • Raymond O’Rourke, Food and Consumer Lawyer, Dublin;
  • Craig A. Simpson, Senior European Legal Advisor, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Brussels;
  • Jeannie Vergnettes, Legislative Officer – Principal Administrator, DG SANTE, European Commission, Brussels.

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BREAKING NEWS – EU Commission willing to set legal limits on trans fats

The European Commission has adopted today a report on trans fats (TFA) in food and in the overall diet of Europeans. This issue is a worldwide concern as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have notably adopted a decision last June to remove partially hydrogenated oils from foods within three years. The Commission’s preliminary report suggests that setting a legal limit for industrial TFA content would be the most effective measure in terms of public health, consumer protection and compatibility with the single market. The way in which such legal limit could be technically put into practice would require further investigation. The report notes that there are food products with high industrial TFA content available on the European market and there are public health gains to be reaped by reducing intake.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the EU and a high intake of TFA seriously increases the risk for heart disease – more than any other nutrient on a per calorie basis. Although average intake in the EU has been reported below national and international recommended levels, this cannot be said for all groups of population.

This report analyses how effective different EU wide measures could be on the potential health benefits for consumers but also the potential burdens for food producers. The options that were investigated included mandatory labelling of TFA, setting legal limits of TFA content in food and voluntary approaches to food reformulation. So far, TFA labelling is not well understood by consumers and increases the complexity of identifying healthier food choices. The effectiveness of voluntary approaches to food reformulation could be limited as it would clearly depend on the scope of industry participation and the coverage of food products on the market.

The Commission will shortly launch a public consultation and carry out an impact assessment to collect more information and build on the analysis provided by today’s report. This process will inform the Commission’s policy decision in the near future.

Trans fats are a particular type of fats that may notably be produced industrially as partially hydrogenated oils.

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