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Ensure your labels are legal for 2006

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Compliance is proving to be one of the major issues for the food industry in terms of both time and money. Changes to country of origin labelling regulations are imminent.

Percentage labelling and nutritional panel information continue to throw up further questions of how to correctly label your products. Traceability of food products is becoming more important as cases of contaminations increase. Labels are a minefield of potential legal problems for manufacturers.

Internationally, the food industry must comply if it wants to succeed. Ensuring your imported food products and ingredients are compliant with the highest available standards is vital, as well as exported products.

But how do you manage suppliers many thousands of kilometers away? And how do you even begin to approach the mountain of compliance regulations in countries you are exporting to, as well as Australia?

Health claims are growing as a major marketing tool for food manufacturers. With the "wellness revolution" transforming the way consumers think about the food they eat, expectations of information on labels are also changing. Labelling grey areas such as health claims and the explosion of functional foods on the scene are hot topics for the regulators at the moment, which means they are hot topics for food manufacturers too. Misleading claims can land you in all sorts of legal hot water, not to mention the loss of public trust in your brand.

As the changes to legislation are introduced, and consumer understanding of food products change, keeping abreast of what to expect is crucial.

The 7th Annual conference for Food Regulations & Labelling Standards is set to address all of these pressing issues:

* Country of origin labelling

* Health claims - ensure your labels are legal

* Clearing up the grey areas of percentage labelling

* Nutritional panel information

* Emerging allergens at home and abroad

* The acceptance process for novel foods

* Minimising the cost of compliance

* Best practice recalls

* Change management

* International food trade policy

Key speakers include: Commissioner John Martin, ACCC; Kylie Oakes-Ati, Director Food, Trade and Quarantine, DFAT; Christopher Pyne MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Aging; Dr Peter Clifton, Theme Leader Obesity, Research Leader Nutrition, CSIRO; Leisa Ridges, Regulatory Affairs Analyst, National Centre for Excellence in Functional Foods; and Ron Cossen, Managing Director, Food Assist.

Leading manufacturers will present the case studies

The conference will be held from December 14-15, 2005, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney

For more information, contact Tina Larssen at Informa .

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