Food labelling regulation (FLR) is designed to protect the economic expectations of both consumers and the food industry.
Since compliance with food labelling requirements is necessary to market the product, FLRs have a straight impact on international trade and they may pose obstacles to international trade;
Within the World Trade Organization (WTO), traditional trade barriers such as tariffs are steadily being reduced, while food safety standards, regulations related to traceability, product certification, environmental standards and other regulations are increasing in scope and significance as international trade in food opens up.
The presentation addresses an introduction to the International Rules on Trade in Foods (SPS and TBT agreements) and some highlights on major changes in FLRs.
A final section puts en eye on the Chinese, Japanese and US food regulations with special regards to import-process