As a raft of new food legislation, notably the labelling of food allergens and genetically modified organisms, enters into force in Europe food manufacturers cannot afford to be less than au fait with the new rules.
Under the umbrella of a food safety focus, the Food ingredients Europe exhibition - which opens its doors in Frankfurt, Germany today - has set aside a morning of discussion on new legislation.
At the session on 20 November - chaired by Dr.Sylvia Pfaff from the EHI Retail Network - Lisa Carson from Cardiff University will provide a round-up of current legislative changes in Europe with the aim to present a whistle-stop tour of current issues.
Aimed at individuals involved in food production and safety, UK consultants Reading Scientific Services will look at the impact of the European Hygiene Directive 2004.
No session on imminent, key legislation would be complete without a look at the new GMO labelling laws. Neville Craddock from Neville Craddock Associates will fill the role, presenting an overview of how decisions made in Brussels will affect European food manufacturers.
As we reported in yesterday's news, in under one month the US is set to introduce the new rules on bioterrorism - destined to affect all food importers into the US and requiring all companies to provide much more information and documentation. Edward Steele from the AAC Consulting group in the US will provide manufacturers attending the session with an update of the new rules - which enter into force on 12 December.
Further topics to be discussed during the three day FiE exhibition include 'Contaminants: balancing between technological, economical and health critera?' and 'Microbiological Food Safety: modern methods of assessment of growth, risk and detection'.