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|IFSA Government Affairs & Education Committee May 2015 Update|
During the 29 April IFSA Government Affairs and Education Committee (GAEC) meeting, members shared several updates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the forthcoming World Food Safety Guidelines update and the recent European Union (EU) labeling meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.
The GAEC is scheduled to present in 2015 at the IFSA Conference and Expo in Portland, Oregon the morning of September 29th. This effort will be led by Neil Ylanan, LSG Sky Chefs, and details regarding the topic of the presentation will be forthcoming. GAEC is also considering a round table discussion during the Conference related to EU labeling and potential expansion of GAEC efforts in the EU and Asia.
GAEC has been hard at work on the World Food Safety Guidelines this year. Some great input was gained from the EU labeling meeting and now the committee chairs are wrapping up a few last sections. The final document is expected to be released in mid-summer.
EU Labeling Meeting
A GAEC Subgroup meeting regarding EU labeling was held in Frankfurt, Germany at the LSG Sky Chefs Headquarters, on April 23 and 24. The meeting featured a roundtable discussion with eight EU Caterers, three US airlines, one supplier and several IFSA Government Affairs and Education Committee members on how the industry could work together to implement the EU labeling regulation.
Takeaways from the productive meeting include:
There are some potential opportunities for standardization, including:
Creating 3 letter codes for allergens that could be used worldwide
Possible next steps include review of common process or approaches related to standardization, IFSA support of this effort and a potential question and answer document for the industry. Updates will be provided, as available.
Airline Quality Assurance
Zev Chernilo of LAN Airlines provided a PowerPoint proposing that a place to share and receive feedback about quality assurance issues and solutions be considered for IFSA members. The Committee agreed this would be discussed further during the next GAEC meeting.