25 Feb Emilia Romagna Region: training on food safety and exports in North America
The training audit on US FDA regulations, held by the Euroservizi Impresa for the Emilia Romagna Region, was an opportunity for the Centro Studi Italia Canada to present the Canadian reform and the new system to see the protection of European GIs.
From February 20th to 22nd it was held in Bologna the training course, organized by the Emilia Romagna Region and held by Claudio Gallottini of Euroservizi Impresa, partner of ITA Group, valid for the purposes of maintaining the competence of qualified auditors on “US Export , the FDA legislation”.
Paolo Quattrocchi, director of the Centro Studi Italia Canada (CSIC), was invited to speak at the opening of the seminar cycle, In apertura del ciclo di seminari è stato chiamato ad intervenire Paolo Quattrocchi, direttore del Centro Studi Italia Canada (CSIC), vice president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West and Nctm Law Firm partner who, in view of the entry into force of the new Canadian food safety regulation, wanted to represent the important innovations, with the relative repercussions for Italian exporters, introduced by the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR).
THE FOOD SAFETY REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY CANADA
The CSIC has dealt with the regulation on several occasions (Food Eximport: Food Safety Regulations adopted by Canada; Food Safety in Canada: what changes from 2019. Interview with Noemi Trombetti) highlighting its relevance, both for the extent of the changes made to the regulatory system, and for their relevance for the purposes of greater consumer protection, this was the topic on which the attention, even critically, has been strongly focused on CETA.
It is in view of the entry into force of CETA and the stimuli it has generated that Canada has adopted the new legislation that rationalized the existing regulatory system, raising the quality standards.
The strong interest given by Canada to the implementation of the legislation, which came into force in mid-January 2019, at the end of a long and complex path, was immediately confirmed by the requests for access made by the Canadian Authority, which in these days is in Italy on a tour that has seen numerous Italian companies exporting Agri-food products subject to verification.
The excellent results of CETA make the North American country an increasingly attractive destination for Italian exporters. The training course on the new food safety regulation (FSMA) of the Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA) was therefore an opportunity to complete the North American regulatory framework with an in-depth analysis of Canadian legislation on the subject, inspired by US law.
THE EUROPEAN GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS IN CANADA
The Region of Emilia Romagna, in the context of CETA, has recognized 12 Geographical Indications: 7 PDO (Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Culatello di Zibello, Parmiggiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di Modena, Provolone Valpadana) and 5 PGI (Modena balsamic vinegar, Cotechino Modena, Bologna Mortadella, Pesca and Nettarina di Romagna, and Zampone Modena), corresponding to 92% of the exports of the Emilia Romagna region to Canada, for a total export value of over 106 million euro to end of 2017 with a growth rate of 14.3% on 2016 and a further 6% for the first months of 2018.
Given the central role in Italian agrifood in the subject of GIs and their protection, they were the focus of the second part of the speech by the director of the Centro Studi Italia Canada. With the entry into force of CETA and the consequent implementation of the open system, the GIs not included in Annex 20 of the CETA and in general non-Canadian (including, obviously, the European ones), interested in receiving the recognition as IG from the The Canadian system, with similar protection to those included in the CETA list, can obtain the registration, with relative protections, and thus enjoy a qualified protection regime, in no way different from that guaranteed by CETA. The introduction in the Canadian legislation of the system described in the intervention by the Dr. Paolo Quattrocchi confirms the efforts of Canada in the adaptation of its regulatory system of the sector to the European one in order to favor the concrete implementation of CETA, thus adhering to the scheme of protection of GIs for food products until now unknown in Canada (except for alcoholic beverages).
More than one year after the entry into force of CETA, for Italian entrepreneurs in general and the Emilia Romagna Region in particular, the balance is positive. The close relationship between the Emilia Romagna region and Canada are witnessed, as well as the interest and success of local companies in exporting to Canada, even by the delegation of the Emilia Romagna entrepreneurs, led by the Councilor for Agriculture Simona Caselli, which in 2018 visited the main Canadian cities where the diffusion of Italian quality products is concentrated.
The hope is that the new regulations, in particular that on the recognition of GIs, induce Italian producers who have not seen their GIs recognized through the CETA, not to leave the Canadian market and instead use the Canadian internal legislation to obtain the guarantees and the protections of their GIs, like the others recognized by CETA. To date, only one Italian GI, Prosciutto di Carpegna, has used the new procedure, obtaining the registration with a limited and fast expense (6 months).
The current economic situation, characterized by a generalized contraction of trade, should induce Italian Institutions and entrepreneurs to look favorably on the Canadian market, closer to Europe, both with regard to the protection of intellectual property and the crucial junction of food safety.
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ITA GROUP is a consulting company specialized in Food Safety Training, Inspection and Auditing, is striving to be widely recognized as the undisputed leader of food safety in the food industry.
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EUROSERVIZI IMPRESA SRL (ESI) is a leading consulting company at European level specialized in Food Safety whose activity consists in managing the legal obligations of European SMEs also in different areas such as Occupational Safety and Privacy. ESI is the first European consulting company recognized as a reference by the US market, qualified for training on all the new regulations introduced by the FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) with four internal Lead Instructors and with one of the Trainer of Trainers (ToT) in Europe for the Preventive Controls for Human Food, professor of the first Italian Better Process Control School of the GMA SEF USA for Canned Food, Trainer of the NEHA USA, Train the Trainers of the International HACCP Alliance, and Associate Member of the CIEH UK for HACCP training in Great Britain (level I, II, III, IV).