1st Food Law in Asia International Conference – Export, Labelling and Countering Fraud

I am very proud to announce that I will be chairing this one of a kind event in Europe, realised by Lexxion Publisher and supported by Food Industry Asia (FIA) and HFG Law Firm, one of the leading firm in China in food and intellectual property sectors.

A special thank to my colleague and friend Nicola Aporti for helping out in everything.

The event will be on 12th June 2017 in Amsterdam, Hampshire Hotel – American.

This first international conference on Asian food law, will be bringing together experts and practitioners from various European and Asian countries. High-profile lecturers from industry and private practice will familiarise participants with the ins and outs of the Asian food market and answer their questions.

The speakers will provide an insight into the legal and regulatory complexities of the Asian food market, update participants on the most recent developments in Asian food law and introduce them to the most relevant cultural aspects of the region. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and Q&As allowing you to discuss your questions with our experts.

Speaker’s list:

  • Cesare Varallo
    Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin (Chair)
  • Nicola Aporti
    Head of Corporate and Food Regulatory, HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai
  • Akihisa Shiozaki
    Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo
  • Katia Merten-Lentz
    Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, Brussels
  • YiFan Jiang
    Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager at Food Industry Asia (FIA), Singapore
  • Fabio Giacopello, Partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai
  • Michael Jahnz, Senior Manager at Wessling Consulting Ltd., Shanghai
  • Tania Porsgaard Bayer, Team Manager Regulatory Affairs at Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

You can find the full program here and register here.

For more information about the event, please contact Clara Hausin at hausin@lexxion.de or write me at foodlawlatest@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

Here below a taste of the topics:

A General Introduction to Export in Asia

  • Cultural issues
  • How to incorporate regulatory aspects into your export strategy

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin

The Policy and Regulatory Landscape for the Food Industry in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Complexity of the regulatory environment in Asia
  • Key challenges (food safety and nutrition policies, SPS and TBT issues, regulatory differencies etc.)
  • Opportunities for harmonisation

YiFan Jiang, Regional Regulatory Affairs Manager at Food Industry Asia (FIA), Singapore

Export from the EU to China: General Trade Issues

  • Structure of competent authorities
  • Registration and general requirements for export
  • Mandatory labelling
  • Novel foods

Katia Merten-Lentz, Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, Brussels

Advertising, E-Commerce and Consumer Protection

  • Intellectual property & advertising
  • E-commerce
  • Consumer protection & compliance

Nicola Aporti, Head of Corporate and Food Regulatory, HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai

Milk Sector and Infant Formula in China

Tania Porsgaard Bayer, Team Manager Regulatory Affairs at Arla Foods Ingredients, Denmark

Important local testing standards for the Chinese market

  • Differences to ISO testing standards
  • Recent news in Chinese standards

Michael Jahnz, Senior Manager at Wessling Consulting Ltd., Shanghai

The Impact of the EU GI on the Chinese Trademark System

Fabio Giacopello, Partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property, Shanghai

New Developments in Japanese Food Law

  • Recent developments in Japanese food law and labelling requirements
  • Newly introduced sanctions on mislabeling
  • Case studies on crisis management relating to the Japanese food market

Akihisa Shiozaki, Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo

Counterfeiting and Food Frauds Issues in Asia

  • Practical examples
  • How to prevent fraud and protect your brand
  • The transparency challenge and ongoing initiatives in Asia

Cesare Varallo, Food Lawyer in Italy, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU – INSCATECH, Turin

Final Round-Table Discussion with Companies and Trade Association Representatives

Written Q&A to EU Commission – India’s boycott of European oil and wine

Question for written answer to the Commission – Mara Bizzotto (NI)

24th July 2014

Subject: India’s boycott of European oil and wine

India is currently implementing a tough trade protection measure and is boycotting certain European food products. The Indian authorities have, in fact, decided to enforce more stringently their rules on food fraud and labelling. Indian Customs have therefore seized, and blocked in their ports, tonnes of food and alcohol from Europe because their labels do not indicate the precise content of salt, as prescribed by Indian health legislation. In Mumbai alone, to give but one example, 35 containers full of Italian and Spanish olive oil and hundreds of bottles of wine have, for two whole months, been crammed into warehouses that are not suitable for preserving the products, which by now will have almost certainly perished. This restrictive interpretation of customs regulations by the Indian authorities, to the detriment of European products, was adopted after the EU halted and then banned imports of the Alphonso variety of mango.

Can the Commission therefore answer the following questions:

  • Will it take action to resolve the situation and protect free competition?
  • Will it also provide financial assistance to European producers who have suffered damage?

Answer given by Mr De Gucht on behalf of the Commission – 3rd September 2014

The Commission is aware of the problems European food exporters face in India due to stringent enforcement of Indian food labelling and food safety requirements. The Indian authorities appeared to have started this stringent enforcement in September 2013 by discontinuing the acceptance of stickers for labelling of mandatory information. Since February 2014 Indian food safety authorities also require that labels of spirits list ingredients. In addition to the blocked shipments of spirits, the Commission is aware that some European wine shipments were not released by Indian authorities due to labelling deficiencies. Moreover some European olives, preserved by oxidation, were not cleared initially as Indian food safety standards do not include this preservation method that results in a lower salt content than usual for other types of preserved olives.

The Commission has taken up these issues since the autumn of 2013 and has raised it at several occasions with Indian authorities, including at Commissioner’s level, and at plenary sessions of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The Commission continues to raise this issue with Indian authorities to try to find solution while noting that food products imported into India must comply with the Indian requirements for labelling and food safety.

The Commission does not provide financial assistance to European exporters that may have been impacted by the requirements of Indian authorities.

(Source: European Parliament)

 

 

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