"Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management", Bari, Italy, 26+27 January 2017

Two burning food safety issues will be discussed in this two-day-symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management, which is featured by excellent speakers from the various disciplines along the food safety chain. The symposium is organised by MoniQA Association together with CNR-ISPA and will bring together science and innovation, good manufacturing practice, risk assessment and risk management, learnings from recent experiences and innovative approaches to meet new challenges in food safety and quality.

Conference Website: http://bari2017.moniqa.org

Meet the speakers at http://bari2017.moniqa.org/programme

Posters: Submit your abstract (max. 300 words) before 15 November 2016 to bari [at] moniqa [dot] org!
(only a limited number of posters will be selected for presentation at the symposium)

Register before 15 November 2016 to enjoy your Early Bird discount: http://bari2017.moniqa.org/registration

Attractive sponsorship packages can be found at http://bari2017.moniqa.org/sponsor.

Two days – two topics:

The symposium will tackle various burning questions related to food authenticity and food allergens, respectively. Short oral presentations will be followed by interactive round table discussions. Various workshops and open task force meetings will offer ample opportunities to capture privileged information and get personally involved in new developments and projects. Additionally, a small table top exhibition and a selection of scientific posters will make some of the discussed issues more tangible.

Food Authenticity and Fraud Prevention:

  • What are the analytical possibilities to verify products labelled as "organic"?
  • Labelling: "regional", "genuine", "healthy", "free-from" and other claims: What is permissible and how are these claims (analytically) substantiated.
  • Crises such as melamine in dairy products, horse meat in beef, wood chips in cheese – what is next? What are the learnings to prevent the next crisis?
  • Untargeted methods of analysis seem to be the first choice for quality and safety assessment of agricultural products and foods in the future – how far are we?
  • Looking for the unknown. How can new reference materials and comprehensive food databases support a better food integrity and food safety management?

Food Allergens and Effective Management Tools:

  • How can we produce safe foods for everyone? How can the European Research Area deliver better food safety and risk based food allergen management tools?
  • When do I need to label an ingredient? When am I allowed to use pre-cautionary labelling such as “may contain”.
  • Implications of pre-cautionary labelling for the consumer
  • Food allergen management and analysis in the absence of threshold doses – an industry perspective and legal implications
  • New reference materials, innovative routine methods and candidate reference methods – new developments and future perspectives

Who should attend:

This symposium is targeted toward the food industry/food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, marketing and quality management, auditors, personnel from research and development, and representatives from the regulatory environment. This workshop will be especially suitable for SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) and fulfilling CPD (Continuous Professional Development) requirements. The workshop will give practical, scientific and legal background information, insight in innovative approaches, newly developed tools and recently introduced analytical methods to combat food fraud and improve food allergen management. These new developments will be linked to real case studies and learnings from recent incidents. Learnings from stakeholder viewpoints, such as food manufacturers, food laboratories, food analytical methods providers, auditors, risk assessors, lawyers, trainers/teachers, media and communicators, regulatory bodies and policy makers shall complement the scientific programme and stimulate open discussion.

We warmly invite you to attend this meeting, which brings together international experts in the fields of food authenticity and food allergens, as well as various food industries, SMEs, research institutions, associations and regulatory bodies, all having a different stake in food safety. This special mix of scientific and practical input to the symposium will be a valuable opportunity to grow your knowledge base, learn from practical experiences, and exchange ideas with peers.

Escape from the cold Northern winter and join us in Bari in Southern Italy. We hope to see you there!

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