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IFSA Government Affairs & Education Committee May 2015 Update
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During the 29 April IFSA Government Affairs and Education Committee (GAEC) meeting, members shared several updates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the forthcoming World Food Safety Guidelines update and the recent European Union (EU) labeling meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. 

The GAEC is scheduled to present in 2015 at the IFSA Conference and Expo in Portland, Oregon the morning of September 29th.  This effort will be led by Neil Ylanan, LSG Sky Chefs, and details regarding the topic of the presentation will be forthcoming. GAEC is also considering a round table discussion during the Conference related to EU labeling and potential expansion of GAEC efforts in the EU and Asia.

USDA Update

A USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Committee has been created and charged with reviewing and deploying national training. The IFSA regulated garbage proposal is one of several examples they are reviewing.  Current Committee goals include having one source for training and information, developing job aids and having a trainer in each state.  Another update on the Committee’s work will be provided in September at the IFSA conference.

WFSG Update             

GAEC has been hard at work on the World Food Safety Guidelines this year. Some great input was gained from the EU labeling meeting and now the committee chairs are wrapping up a few last sections. The final document is expected to be released in mid-summer.

EU Labeling Meeting

A GAEC Subgroup meeting regarding EU labeling was held in Frankfurt, Germany at the LSG Sky Chefs Headquarters, on April 23 and 24. The meeting featured a roundtable discussion with eight EU Caterers, three US airlines, one supplier and several IFSA Government Affairs and Education Committee members on how the industry could work together to implement the EU labeling regulation.

Takeaways from the productive meeting include:

  • The EU regulation is the first regulation to specifically mention transportation companies
  • The regulation requires evidence that the person giving the information has been trained
  • Each EU state has the ability to request specific items


There are some potential opportunities for standardization, including:

Creating 3 letter codes for allergens that could be used worldwide

  • Creating a standard process for presenting the information
  • Creating a bullet point sheet for the suppliers, caterers and airlines that would assist in training and procedures.  This would focus on the three areas that can cause the most issues.

o   Substitutions

o   Shortages

o   Training

Possible next steps include review of common process or approaches related to standardization, IFSA support of this effort and a potential question and answer document for the industry.  Updates will be provided, as available.

Airline Quality Assurance

Zev Chernilo of LAN Airlines provided a PowerPoint proposing that a place to share and receive feedback about quality assurance issues and solutions be considered for IFSA members.   The Committee agreed this would be discussed further during the next GAEC meeting.