• Programme

    The EFLA Conference 2022 will focus on the topic of management of a food crisis from the food law perspective.

    Chaired by M. Peter Loosen, the first session will be dedicated to the general topic food safety crisis. Prof. Bernd van der Meulen will open the session with a presentation addressing questions: What is safe food? How to interpret it? Is food law fit to deal with crisis? This will be followed by a speech from Ms. Nicole Coutrelis on the non-compliant food vs. unsafe food, which is unfit for normal consumption. After that Prof. Andreas Meisterernst will address the application of the precautionary principle in times of crisis. With help of several speakers, including Dr Ina Gerstberger, Ms. Manon Ombredane and Ms Mélanie Le Plaine Mileur, we will look into the ethylene oxide crisis and the different reactions to it from the EU member states. Finally, Mr. Vicente Rodriguez Fuentes will talk about food safety alerts and the overall impact on the industry of food recalls.

    Chaired by Ms. Sarah Arayess, the second session, addressing food shortages and food waste, will start with a presentation by Prof. Kai Purnhagen on sustainability as a factor of proportionality and the modern interpretation of food law. Ms Paola Corte will look into practical examples of the sustainability of our food laws. After that Ms Joanna Krakowiak will talk about food labelling and food safety issues in times of war and in particular about the sunflower oil crises and different reactions from member states.

    Discover the biographies of Speakers


    The conference fee amounts to €479.34 (excl. VAT) for members, €669.42 (excl. VAT) for non-members and €322.31 (excl. VAT) for students, authorities and retired members.

    Registration has been extended until 21st September COB, through the Ticket button at the top of this page.

  • Venue and timing

    This Conference will take place on Wednesday 28th September (9.00 AM to 5:00 PM CET) at the Thon Hotel EU in Brussels*

    *75 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, Tel: +32(0) 02 204 39 11



    09:00 – 09:30    Registration and coffee

    09:30 – 09:35    Opening address – Ms Irene Verheijen, EFLA President

    09:35 – 09:45    SESSION I: FOOD SAFETY CRISIS

    Introduction from the Chairperson: Mr Peter Loosen, Managing Director Brussels Office, Food Federation Germany

     09:45 – 10:10    What is safe food? How to interpret it? Is food law fit to deal with crisis?Prof Bernd van der Meulen, Professor at the University of Copenhagen, food legal consultant

    10:10 – 10:25    Non-compliant vs. unsafe food/ food unfit for normal consumptionMs Nicole Coutrelis, Partner, DWF (France)

    10:25 – 11:00    Application of the precautionary principle in times of crisisProf. Andreas Meisterernst, Partner, Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte

    11:00 – 11:20    COFFEE BREAK

    11:20 – 11:55   Example of ethylene oxide – Different countries – different approachDr Ina Gerstberger, Lawyer, Gerstberger | Products & Law, Ms Manon Ombredane, Associate, Fieldfisher, Ms Mélanie Le Plaine Mileur, Secretary General, French Association of Specialty Food Ingredients (SYNPA)  

    11:55 – 12:20    Food safety alerts, overall impact on the industry of food recallsMr Vicente Rodriguez Fuentes, Food Lawyer, Legal Agrifood Abogados 

    12:20 – 12:40    Discussion session – all speakers of session I

    12:40 – 13:40    LUNCH


    Introduction from the Chairperson: Ms Sarah Arayess, Lawyer and Founder, Say Legal Studio

    13:50 – 14:25    Sustainability as a factor of proportionality, modern interpretation of food law. Is food law fit for the purpose?Prof. Kai Purnhagen, Professor and Director at Research Centre for German and European Food Law, University of Bayreuth

    14:25 – 14:50    Sustainability of our food laws in practical examplesMs Paola Corte, Lawyer, Studio Legale Corte

    14:50 – 15:10    COFFEE BREAK

    15:10 – 15:35    Food shortages due to the war in Ukraine – challenges for the industry, authorities and consumers – Ms Joanna Krakowiak, Attorney-at-Law and Counsel, Wardyński & Partners

    15:35 – 15:55    Discussion session – all speakers of session II

    15:55 – 16:00    Concluding remarksMs Irene Verheijen, EFLA President



    Should you wish to book accommodation for your stay in Brussels, please contact the Thon EU Hotel directly.

    Other hotels in close proximity are listed below:

    • Aloft Brussels Schuman, Place Jean Rey, Brussels, 7 minutes walk from the Thon EU Hotel
    • Martin’s Brussels EU, Karel de Grotelaan 80, Brussels, 8 minutes walk from the Thon EU Hotel
    • New Hotel Charlemagne, 25/27 Boulevard Charlemagne, Brussels, 8 minutes walk from the Thon EU Hotel
    • Courtyard Brussels EU, Rue Joseph II 32, 5 minutes walk from the Thon EU Hotel
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