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Commission Head of Food Law Unit Panellist at EAS Vitafoods Discussion Forum

Head of the European Commission’s food law, nutrition and labelling unit Basil Mathioudakis will join the panel of guests at next week’s Vitafoods International Discussion Forum in Geneva.

Mr Mathioudakis will join fellow panellists Peter van Doorn, Chairman of European food supplements trade organisation EHPM, and Eduardo Escobedo from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the hot seat alongside EAS Director Simon Pettman to discuss and address how the future regulatory framework will shape the market for fortified foods and supplements.

Key issues will include nutrition and health claims, maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in food and food supplements, and the revision of the novel food Regulation, which gives the requirements for bringing new ingredients onto the EU market.

“The Discussion Forum provides a unique opportunity to address questions to panellists who are both heavily involved and will be impacted by the EU’s next moves on legislation,” said panel interviewer Mr Pettman. “Mr Mathioudakis has been with the Commission for over 20 years and has been responsible for drafting legislation in areas including food fortification, food supplements, nutrition labelling and infant formula. His knowledge and experience gained in the EU, as well as his role heading the European Commission’s delegation to the international standards setting body, Codex Alimentarius, is unparalleled.”

The forum, which is organised by EAS and Vitafoods International, draws together hundreds of manufacturers and distributors each year to voice their concerns and get clarification on regulatory requirements for key issues in the sector. During the 90-minute session members of the audience will be given the opportunity to address questions to the panel.

Mr Pettman said: “The coming year promises to be of enormous significance for the food, supplement and ingredients sector, and the Vitafoods Discussion Forum is a once a year chance to address the big challenges that are being faced by the sector.”

The Vitafoods Discussion Forum will take place from 09.00-10.30 on Thursday May 7 at Hall 1, Geneva Palexpo building.

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