2018-19 Food for Thought Webinar Series

Join our experts for our series of webinars concerning the latest topics, regulations and updates related to the global food industry.

Upcoming Webinars:

Steps in the Market Introduction of Foods and Supplements in the U.S.

July 10, 2019 | 10am EDT, 3pm BST, 4pm CEST

The United States (U.S.) continues to be one of the most important global marketplaces for new food ingredients.  This webinar will focus on the regulatory requirements for introducing food ingredients to the U.S. marketplace for use in conventional foods regulated under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and dietary supplements regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.  The webinar will outline the advantages and limitations of each regulatory option, and will discuss other regulatory issues that should be considered during early stages of product development for new ingredients.


Access any of the past webinars from the series below:


This webinar will provide an overview of the proposed rule for a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard in the United States.  Updates on the progress of the rulemaking and implications for industry stakeholders will be discussed.


Recorded September 26, 2018

Not all dietary fibers have the same physiological effects in humans and there are differences among regulatory authorities, globally, as to what effects are considered “beneficial to health”.  This webinar will provide an overview of whether and what efficacy data are needed to get dietary fibers approved in Canada, the United States, and the European Union with important similarities and differences in scientific requirements and regulatory frameworks highlighted.


Recorded October 16, 2018

How well a clinical study is designed directly affects how usable it is in substantiating claims on foods and dietary supplements. This webinar will highlight research elements of clinical studies that regulatory authorities commonly criticize and opportunities for optimizing clinical trial design to maximize claim success.


Recorded October 24, 2018

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Food Issue 8 standard is a globally recognised scheme which recognises quality, safety and responsibility within your food organisation. In August 2018, issue 8 was released and BRC certified food companies must be up to date. This webinar will cover the benefits of being part of the BRC certified network as well as the new requirements and legislation.


Recorded October 30, 2018

With increasing regulatory and consumer demand for quality and transparency of supplement products, manufacturers and distributors are turning to the in-depth knowledge and analytical capability of dedicated external laboratories for their needs in botanical ingredient identification, potency and purity.

Join our webinar on Tuesday, October 30 when we will address the complex methods of botanical identification of natural nutraceutical and functional foods, and how adulteration of substances is discovered. It will be an exciting journey through the realm of chemical marker compounds, ratio comparison, and the latest in quality assurance of botanicals. If you’re a manufacturer or distributor of nutraceuticals and products containing botanical ingredients, this webinar is for you.


Recorded: November 15, 2018

This webinar will clarify whether there exist regulations in Canada and the United States that govern the use of “buzz words” (e.g., prebiotic, organic, natural) on food and supplement labels.  Opportunities and risks associated with their use in product labelling will be discussed.


Recorded November 28, 2018

Online food commerce is growing drastically due to numerous factors including access to technology and changing consumer habits. This growing market represents a large opportunity for food retailers and manufacturers, however, this changing industry might be hard to navigate for some.

Our webinar will cover the food e-commerce industry, challenges in the digital industry, consumer trends and how Intertek can help navigate in such a changing environment.


Recorded: December 11, 2018

This webinar will provide an overview of nationally representative food consumption datasets available globally for the estimation of dietary exposure and nutrient intake, an integral component of the risk assessment process. Different types of modelling methods will be discussed, as well as their associated uncertainties. The European Union’s recommended tiered approach will also be discussed.


Recorded: December 13, 2018

Brand reputation is one of the most important assets a company can have thus, they should constantly be monitoring it.

Intertek’s 360° Brand Assurance will help you improve and maintain your reputation and brand awareness with customers. By inspecting your site and communication tools, we will provide you with a 360° vision of your business, from e-reputation to health and safety.

Why should you view our 360° Brand Assurance webinar?
- To understand the base of a brand reputation and its pillars
- To learn the impact that your reputation can have on your company
- Learn how Intertek’s Brand Assurance service can support your business


Recorded: Jan 15, 2019

Medical foods continue to be a product category of interest to industry seeking commercialization opportunities in the United States (U.S.); however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tightened their regulatory oversight of these products.  This webinar will provide an overview of the risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with the regulation and enforcement of medical foods in the U.S.


Recorded January 23, 2019

This webinar covers everything you need to know about the USDA's final rule on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard in the United States.  Details of the final rulemaking – including mandatory disclosure requirements – and implications for industry stakeholders will be discussed.


Recorded Feb 13, 2019

In this webinar, an overview will be provided of the regulatory framework surrounding food standards of identity (compositional standards).  Their importance and limitations will be discussed, along with the efforts being undertaken by regulatory authorities to modernize them.


Recorded Feb 20, 2019

The food industry is rapidly changing with new regulations and controls to meet the growing demands of the consumer particularly in food safety and transparency in the supply chain. Some factors that have contributed to these changes include greater awareness of food safety, authenticity issues, advances in technology, foodborne illnesses and the “food on demand” concept. So, what is next?

Join us in this interactive webinar to discuss the future trends and their impact on the food industry, including topics on technology, innovation, sustainability, regulations and consumer habits. This webinar will be presented by John Searle, Global Quality and Technical Director for Intertek’s Food Services.


Recorded: March 13, 2019

Across jurisdictions, globally, there are different requirements that must be met to qualify the protein level of a food or supplement (e.g., ‘good source of protein’), with some jurisdictions applying a criterion related to “protein quality”.  This webinar will provide an overview of data requirements for making protein claims in key countries globally, including the United States, Canada, the European Union, China, South Korea, and Australia/New Zealand.


Recorded April 16, 2019

Canada is one of the few jurisdictions wherein disease treatment, prevention, and cure claims can be made on dietary supplements [called natural health products (NHPs) in Canada]. This webinar will provide an overview of claim opportunities, data requirements, and regulatory processes related to the commercialization of NHPs in Canada.


Presented June 12, 2019

In this webinar, attendees will learn about the types of claims that are permissible in the U.S. for foods and supplements, as well as how to ensure they are scientifically substantiated.  Pros and cons of each claim category will be discussed.



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