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Seminar on Asia-Pacific food contact legislation

Seminar on Asia-Pacific food contact legislation, copyright. The Italian Institute of Packaging

The Italian Institute of Packaging is promoting a series of training sessions on 29-30 July 2020 on the main legislation in force on the Asian market covering food contact materials and articles. The series of sessions begins with an overview of the legislation in Asian countries and on future trends. This will be followed by a detailed session focusing in depth on four countries: India, Japan, China and Korea.

There will be an extensive examination of the themes of greatest interest for regulatory affairs of each state: regulatory framework, individual substrate regulation (plastic, elastomers, metals, coatings, inks, adhesives), new substance approval process, supply chain and certification requirements. Each session will conclude with a debate on the themes expounded and will leave extensive space for questions and answers from the participants.

The two days will close with a final session in which the speakers will delineate a comparison between the four nations examined during the seminar, underlining similarities and differences.

The event can only be attended via webinar.

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Calls for greater EU efforts to protect farmers against price volatility

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The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called for the EU to do more to safeguard farmers’ incomes. The committee has made recommendations to protect against the high volatility of agricultural product prices and preserve rural communities.

The CoR recommends in particular that the directive’s scope be broadened and the list of prohibited unfair practices be extended to all actors in the food chain. It also proposes including a prohibition in principle of unfair trading practices to respond to possible future abusive practices. Although the CoR welcomes the initiative by the European Commission to introduce European legislation to combat unfair trading practices, it nevertheless believes that this directive will not be enough unless the overall framework is changed.

Given this state of affairs, rapporteur-general Jacques Blanc said, “It will also be necessary to make contractualisation attractive for producers, to introduce additional measures on price transparency, tackle over-concentration of the distribution, agri-food and agri-supply sectors, and develop fairer international trade relations in agriculture.”

Farmers’ incomes are today 40% lower than the average salary. The value of an agricultural product is currently shared out as follows: the farmer receives an average of 21%, the processor 28% and the distributor 51%. Local leaders are convinced that action is needed to reverse this trend and increase the value to agriculture of household food expenditure, as recommended in the CoR opinion on the post-2020 CAP.