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Global Food Supply Chain, 2011
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Strategies for Import Safety:
Regulatory and Market Approaches

Date:  April 14, 2010
Time:  8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location:  Room 2180, Mechanical Engineering Building
Contact:  Vicki Bier
Sponsor:  Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE), Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis

To view videos of this event, please click on the presentation titles below.


Recent incidents indicate that globally sourced products, particularly foods, can create serious safety issues and present regulatory challenges. This workshop will address administrative structures, market-based capacities and roles, and collaborative solutions in the entire value chain.  Topics will include international standards, national regulatory systems, and market forces.  The evolving structure of the global and national supply chains affects the design of both national import regulations and corporate quality-assurance programs. Such programs may include identifying cost-effective, risk-based strategies for inspection, auditing, and sampling of imported food, as well as appropriate rapid alerts should unsafe products be found.

With regard to regulation, a collaborative approach is important, because no single legal or governance strategy will be appropriate for dealing with all safety risks associated with imported foods and other commodities. Testing, inspection, education, and quality assurance are all important in addressing the problem of product safety; we hope to explore which incentives are best suited for any particular category of risk.  Emphasis will be on commodity foods, bulk chemicals (e.g., citric acid), spices, and nutritional supplements, all of which are or can be part of the food chain, and are susceptible to contamination–deliberate or otherwise.


8:30 a.m. — Welcome and Introductions.  Vicki Bier, University of Wisconsin –Madison, Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis

8:40 a.m. — Improving Food Import Safety.  Lorna Zach, independent consultant and University of Wisconsin –Madison. 20 minutes

9:00 a.m. — Role of the World Trade Organization in Food Safety.  Alberto Alemanno, HEC University, Paris.  30 minutes, followed by discussion

9:50 a.m. — Break

10:00 a.m. — Private Governance of Global Food System: Trends and Challenges.  Michael Roberts, Special Counsel, Roll Law Group PC
Visiting Professor of Law, East China University of Science and Technology School of Law

10:50 a.m. — Roles of Third Parties in Implementing Process Management Systems: Lessons Pertinent to Food Safety Irv Rosenthal, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.  30 minutes, followed by discussion

11:40 a.m. — What China Is Doing about What It Doesn’t Know: Exploring the Regulatory Robustness of China’s New Food Safety LawStephanie Tai, University of Wisconsin –Madison, School of Law.  20 minutes

12:00 p.m.—Lunch, followed by open discussion.  Adjourn no later than 3:00 p.m.

This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required; email to register.

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