The workshop was organized as a conference sessionchaired by dr. F. Camin (FEM) and S. Kelly (IAEA-FAO), and was a part of the 4th Food Integrity Conference. The motto of the conference was “Assuring the integrity of the food chain: Turning science into solutions”. The conference offered a seamless framework and programme to advance discussion and practical applications to support and advance food integrity. Over 330 participants from all over the world, from all sectors of science, industry and organizations attended the conference, which confirms the growing importance of food integrity for protecting consumers from fraud and adulterated food.
The “Workshop on good risk management requirements, trust and label claims & best practices” took place on the first day of the conference during the afternoon session (2.30 – 5.00 PM). It consisted of short talks, an interactive exercise, where participants were divided into three groups to discuss PDO, PGI and organic foods with prof. Federica Camin and Simon Kelly as moderators, and a concluding session wrapping-up the findings from the group discussions.
The presented talks were as follows:
- Fabio Del Bravo (Ismea, Italy): “Economic role, trend and evolution of PDO/PGI products in Italy and Europe”.
- Rosa Vano (Castillo de Canena, Spain): “Importance of labelling, consumer sensitivity and quality”.
- Gerald A. Herrmann (Organic Services GmbH, Germany): “Italy’s Organic Grain Sector comes together and implements an Integrity Management System that combats food fraud”.
- Marco Nocetti (Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano, Italy): “Analytical tools for protecting the PDO cheese Parmigiano Reggiano”.
- Massimo Sacco (Acetificio Ponti, Italy): “Tools for protecting the IGP Aceto Balsamico di Modena”.
- Francois Guyon (scl.finances.gouv.fr): “Control of wine authenticity: a Label Story!”
The workshop definitely deepened the themes of economic significance and importance of label claims, and gave to stakeholders and official bodies guidelines for promoting trust in premium products. The workshop proved to be a very lively and a participatory experience and an excellent setting for engaging participants from all sectors of food science and management. In presentations and discussions it deepened the themes of economic importance of label claims (the examples chosen were PDO/PGI and organic foods), and how to best promote trust in premium products.