Morning, Tuesday, 13th November 2018
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
Next steps for food labelling in the UK - industry standards, transparency in the supply chain and promoting British produce.
- Secretary of State’s recent re-commitment to food labelling laws that support consumer protection and animal welfare;
- As the UK Government prepares a number of no-Brexit-deal guidance papers including on food production and labelling;
- The government consultation on proposals to introduce higher fines aimed at improving enforcement of the Protected Food Name scheme;
- Publication of Chapter 2 of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan and the consultation on introducing calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector;
- The Agriculture Bill, outlining details for moving towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’, such as high environmental and animal welfare standards; and
- European Commission rules on labelling the country of origin of the primary ingredient in foods sold on the EU market - to be introduced from April 2020.
Key discussion points:
- Front and back of pack and menu labelling - the direction of policy development, with government expected to consult on criteria to be applied and how changes would be enforced;
- Implementation challenges - and burdens across the supply chain, and options for supporting producer and industry compliance;
- UK labelling post-Brexit - including opportunities for greater clarity, looking at allergens, animal welfare standards, and nutrition and health claims;
- Geographical indicators - and the future of country of origin labelling and protected name schemes, and implications for food placed on the EU market after the withdrawal date;
- Consumer information - understanding what nutritional and other information consumers find important and issues around higher welfare cost choices, and assurance markers; and
- Promoting British produce - both domestically and abroad, and learning from international experience.