Vibrant diversity is an exciting concept, but hidden underneath are challenges that cause the NPD team to blanche. One of these challenges is to create a product that is legal – which can be easier said than done. Some novel ingredients may not be permitted in certain countries, and there may be issues around the use of additives such as sweeteners of preservatives. Some products are developed with a view to having nutritional or health claims, but the legality of this may be questionable and depend on the destination market. And, finally, what information needs to be on the label and will this label still be compliant if the product is exported? This presentation will provide a guide to how to approach these questions, and where to find the information that you will need to provide answers. The aim will also be to discuss case studies and show some examples to flag up common questions and pitfalls with an over view of the ‘watch outs’ to help avoid making costly mistakes.
Barnaby joined Campden BRI in September 2013. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Food Studies and Nutrition and is now a Principal Food Law Adviser in the Regulatory Affairs department of Campden BRI. The department is responsible for the provision of information, advice, training and consultancy on food legislation issues in a wide range of countries to Campden BRI’s member companies. Since joining Campden BRI, Barnaby has gained specialisation working within the alcoholic beverage legislation and brewing in particular.
Within the food industry, Barnaby has worked in various roles such as new product development and technical systems for various manufacturers supplying all major UK retailers. Within his technical systems role with a chilled food manufacturer, he was responsible for retailer specifications, internal audit schedules, factory policies and legislation amongst others.