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Symposium on the “Challenges of 2011” of the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety on 25 and 26 November 2010 in Berlin at the Goldbergersaal of the Ludwig Erhard Haus

Today in the European Union, we are in the tremendously comfortable situation of being able to consume foods from all over the world at nearly any time of the year. This luxury has become possible with the interconnection of world-wide streams of trade – we call this globalisation.

Yet, we may truly enjoy this benefit only if the foods are safe for our health and if we are not deceived by false promises. Both this is not always the case, as we can see from notifications about unsafe foods in the rapid alert systems. Such alerts may sometimes paralyse large parts of the food industry and trade. At the same time, consumers’ trust in the food industry and in the official control is shaken. Today, food safety and food quality require global efforts by the industry. Official control, too, must work well.

In the EU, the food industry and authorities have established highly developed control systems. These must be continuously improved, and be tested for their suitability in Third Countries. Therefore, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety had invited the European control authorities, the food industry, and trade, as well as its economic partners and sister authorities in Third Countries – to discuss this challenging subject together.

The symposium highlighted various aspects: efforts made by the industry, official import controls, rapid alert systems, and control systems in Third Countries. It also gave the floor to those who are exporting goods from Third Countries because we must admit the question whether it can be realistically expected that the high safety standards of the EU can be met by Third Countries, or whether they may rather lead to trade barriers. Last but not least, activities were discussed of supporting control systems in Third Countries.

25 November 2010
Patrick Deboyser, DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission (SANCO)

Plenary speech

Globalised Trade – Safe Food: the Commission’s View

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Session 1: Globalised Trade and Food Safety

Chair: Beate Kettlitz, Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA)

Dr. Christoph Meyer, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV)

Allowing free Trade in Goods, guaranteeing Food Safety


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Jan Baele, DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission (SANCO)


The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and International Cooperation with other Information SystemsDownload of the presentation
Dr. Jan Hoffbauer, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
Dr. Peter Wallner, Bavarian State Office of Health and Food Safety (LGL)

The RASFF – Tasks and Responsibilities of the National Contact Point and the Federal State Contact Points


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Session 2: Measures of the Food Industry

Chair: Dr. Gerd Fricke, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)

Dr. Gunter Fricke, Nestlé Germany Corp.Manufacturer’s View on the SubjectDownload of the presentation
Hans-Jürgen Matern, METRO GROUPThe Trade’s View on the SubjectDownload of the presentation
Dr. Michael Lendle, AFC Risk & Crisis Consult LimitedBest Practice in Crisis and Recall ManagementDownload of the presentation

26 November 2010

Session 3: Consumer Protection at the External Borders of the EU

Chair: Gundula Thomas, Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

Dr. Mark Bücking, Fraunhofer IMEInnovations in Food AnalysisDownload of the presentation
Dr. Doris Gerlach, Hessian State Laboratory, Frankfurt Airport Veterinary Border Inspection PostImport Controls of Food of non-animal Origin at the Frankfurt AirportDownload of the presentation
Dr. Hans Jeuring, Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA)

Import Controls at the Rotterdam Port

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Yasemin Demirdağ, Istanbul Exporters' Associations

Exports from Turkey to the EU – Views of an EU Candidate CountryDownload of the presentation

Session 4: Controls in Third Countries

Chair: Petr Cejka, Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA)

Jin Lei, Sino-German Food Safety Project, GTZ

Food Control in China


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Dr. Mohammed El Belkacemi, Office National de la Securité Sanitaire des Aliments (ONSSA)

Food Control in Morocco



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Frank Andriessen, Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission (FVO)Findings from FVO Inspections in Third CountriesDownload of the presentation
Dr. Georg Schreiber, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)

International Activities of the BVL



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