Brussels: Anti Fraud Initiative invites to meeting

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The one day workshop AFI-4 Brussels will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 as the the fourth meeting of the Anti Fraud Initiative. The agenda and especially meeting place in Brussels will be announced soon. This meeting follows up on earlier meetings in Bonn, Frick (CH), Amsterdam, Hamburg and Bologna. It brings together traders, certification bodies and authorities to exchange information, and come to better practices and better cooperation to reduce the incidence of fraud and irregularities in the organic trade in and into the European market. Reports of earlier meetings are available: the report of the Switzerland meeting, The Amsterdam declaration, and the report of the Hamburg meeting. The report and presentations of the Bologna workshop are on a protected website.

The coming meeting will inform about and discuss the certifiers’ and traders’ Codes of Conduct, report about the recent workshop in Italy and results from the scientific organic food authentication workshop. Presentations will focus on the effectiveness and relevance of pesticide testing, the role of authorities for prevention of fraud, on a private sector integrity program and a proposal on how to continue with AFI. In break out sessions the certifiers will discuss their code but also techniques and results of risk oriented inspection, the traders will discuss their code and related toolboxes, and the authorities cross border communication. On November 30 and December 1, 2009, there is a scientific workshop on "Organic Food Authentication" in Geel, close to Brussels. The IFOAM EU Group organises an organic congress in Brussels on December 1, 2009.

Contact: Dr. Jochen Neuendorff, Beate Huber

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