Labeling and Food Additives Regulations in Latin America - Recent Changes and Trends

Instructors: Kevin Kenny, Adrian Varela Alvarez
Product ID: 705679
  • Duration: 60 Min
This Latin America food labeling webinar will explain the regional roadblock for market entry and regulatory harmonization in LATAM region. Discussion will be on latest labeling and food additives regulations and under consideration draft regulations. Learn what are the front of pack labeling and how the regulations differ in every country and what is coming in future.
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Why Should You Attend:

Food & Beverage manufacturers must be familiar with global, regional and national regulatory bodies and their respective safety standards, which can vary from country to country, to protect brand integrity while being compliant with those requirements. LATAM countries are becoming very active on developing new labeling requirements from a regulatory stand point and the situation of the different economic blocks is having a direct impact in the regulatory landscape. What it can look like a homogenized area is still a heterogenic mosaic of different approaches when regulating food and beverages.

This webinar will examine regional roadblocks to market entry and regulatory harmonization in the Latin American region. The speakers will do a deeper dive into the latest labeling and food additives regulations and draft regulations under consideration and present an analysis of what manufacturers can expect in the near future. There will be a close look at the various economic areas or blocks within the region, their current status and the short and mid-term expectations. On labeling the main focus will be on the Front of pack labelling, how is regulated in every country and where these new requirements are under development.

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Instructor Profile:
Kevin Kenny

Kevin Kenny
Founder, Decernis

Kevin is co-founder and owner of Decernis and is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted for 20+ years in the food and consumer products space. He advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers on Food, Food Contact and Supply Chain Compliance challenges globally. Working with a team of native speaker experts in all major markets, Kevin has led a Decernis team effort to expand regulatory coverage to over 200 countries. He spends much of the year meeting with clients to identify and satisfy their needs across the Decernis global client base. Kevin also builds cooperative and partnering relationships with governmental agencies and organizations (today 40+ countries across five continents, including US FDA, European Union, Argentina, Brazil, China and India).

An expert on food contact and food additive regulation globally, Kevin is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an active participant in the Regulatory Affairs Committees of food, cosmetic and consumer product associations. Kevin also attends the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives in China annually as a member of the International Food Additives Council. Kevin is a proponent of both global and regional harmonization and has provided food contact regulatory consulting services for both food processors and regulatory agencies across all substrates and 200 countries.

Prior to founding Decernis, Kevin worked as a regulatory attorney and later VP, International Operations at Ariel Research, which managed product safety regulations globally for chemical manufacturers.

Adrian Varela

Adrian Varela
COO, Decernis

Adrian Varela joined Decernis in 2012, working first as a Junior Researcher focused on Latin American countries, then as a Senior Researcher on all customer questions related to Food Standards and Product Safety. In addition, Adrian has been a Project Manager for several special projects covering the Latin American region. Adrian was recently promoted to Team Leader for the Americas in June 2016 and now leads the research endeavors of a group of Researchers covering North America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Mr. Varela also works closely with Kevin Kenny, the COO of Decernis, and has accompanied Mr. Kenny to various conferences throughout Europe in recent years.

Currently Mr. Varela is based in Madrid and works closely with the Decernis European teams. He is a graduate of a degree program in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Valladolid (Spain), and he has continued his studies at the University of Salzburg (Austria), the Institut Libre Marie Haps (Brussels, Belgium), and the University of Florence (Italy). Mr. Varela is a native speaker of Spanish and is also fluent in English, French and Italian. His professional background has always been focused on International relationships, through his experiences in the Consulate body of Florence (Italy) collaborating with the Consulate of Spain, Mexico and Burkina Faso, together with the Association Italy-Kuwait and the Court of Florence as sworn translator.

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