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New legal requirements and implementation of international standards subtleties were discussed during the SGS regional conference “Food safety management in the Urals: the new framework”, held on 22 November 2013 in Yekaterinburg. The conference was attended by over 60 representatives of the food industry from the Ural Federal District.

The speech by Head of Food Processing Department from the Ministry for Agriculture and Food of the Sverdlovsk Region Andrei Knyazev opened the conference. He stressed the importance of implementing quality management systems within agriculture and food industry with the Customs Union’s Technical Regulation on Food Safety coming into effect.

The requirements of the Customs Union’s Technical Regulations, which entered into force on 1 July 2013, were then expanded by Svetlana Mikheyeva, Head of the Ural Interregional Territorial Administration of Rosstandart, and by Natalia Sheluntsova, Head of Food Hygiene Supervision at Rospotrebnadzor of the Sverdlovsk Region.

The conference’s speakers shared experience on how to develop and implement quality and food safety management systems. Representatives of Poultry Farm Reftinskaya, Zhirovoy Kombinat, FrutEks, Khladokombinat № 3 and Ekaterinburg Dairy Plant № 1 (member of Danone) talked about the implementation of HACCP principles at food production, discussed the difficulties of implementing ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 as well as the integration of quality management and food safety management systems.

Lyudmila Rumyantseva, Quality, Environment and Food Safety Management Representative from Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia focused on continuous improvement of management systems and provided practical examples of how the company evaluated product quality and safety risks as well as environmental and occupational health risks.

The conference was culminated by the master-class by Julia Kruchkova, Head of Food Audits from SGS Vostok Limited (member of the SGS Group) who outlined the key market trends in the field of food safety and also gave a brief overview of the leading standards currently used in the global market.

Traditionally for SGS events the atmosphere of the conference boosted an active exchange of experience among participants, many of whom highlighted the audience’s openness and motivation as well as action-oriented presentations.

Photo report from the conference can be viewed at SGS ACADEMY Russia in Facebook.

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