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2017-01-15:

Within the framework of the EU-funded Project iFAAM (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management), we would like to invite you to a workshop on "Introduction to food allergen management" on 7 February 2017 in Rome.

The workshop provides an introduction on food allergen management for SME food businesses and will cover the following topics:

  • Food allergens of importance, prevalence and basis of food allergies and coeliac disease
  • iFAAM - FP7 EU-funded project activities
  • Food allergen management across the supply chain
  • Role of testing in food allergen management and an introduction to different types of testing
  • Practical hands-on sessions using common rapid methods in allergen testing for monitoring cleaning

Short user-friendly lectures, demonstrations, and interactive Q&A sessions will give attendees a basic knowledge and understanding of food allergen management.
The workshop will be mainly held in Italian. Please note that the number of participants is limited and registration will be on a first-come, first served basis. The registration is free of charge and will be confirmed after receipt of the registration form included in the workshop leaflet.

For more information on the workshop or your registration, please contact Francesca Bucchini (francescabucchini [at] hylobates [dot] it)

 

2016-10-05:
Dr. Walter Mayrhofer, Erich Trummer – Mayor of Neutal, Verena Dunst and Dr. Roland Poms.

Dr. Walter Mayrhofer from the FTI Burgenland (Research-Technology-Innovation Agency) (http://www.fti-burgenland.at/de/) opened the kick-off event on behalf of MoniQA’s new offices in Neutal, Austria (some 50 minutes’ drive South of Vienna Airport) with an appreciation of MoniQA’s initiatives in supporting the food industry and authorities to guarantee a high degree of food safety and quality, and by bringing new international expertise to Burgenland.
Representing the regional government of Burgenland, the most Eastern state of Austria, Mrs. Verena Dunst, officially welcomed MoniQA Association and emphasized the importance of international networks for Burgenland’s regional research and innovation activities, and a sustainable economic growth of Burgenland’s strong agricultural and food production sectors.
Dr. Roland Poms, Secretary General of MoniQA Association described the tools and vast information source that MoniQA offers and gave a glimpse into future research projects that MoniQA has submitted (together with various international consortia) within the frame of the European Commission’s Horizon2020 Programme.
Several members of MoniQA presented their institution joint activities at the event: Prof. Wolfgang Kneifel from BOKU – the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna https://www.boku.ac.at/en/ explained the joint international educational and training programmes; BSc. Christoph Reiterich from R-Biopharm http://www.r-biopharm.com/ (a biotech company in food diagnostics, Germany) reported on the joint initiative to produce new reference materials for food allergen analysis and the validation of test kits. Finally, Dr. Rita Litauszky from FFG – the Austrian Research Promotion Agency https://www.ffg.at/en appreciated MoniQA’s track of successful research proposals funded by the European Commission.

A short television spot (ORF) and a Press Release of this event (both in German) can be accessed on MoniQA’s homepage www.moniqa.org.

 

2016-09-07:


Since January 2015, MoniQA (International Association for Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the Total Food Supply Chain) maintains its offices in the Technologiezentrum Neutal, Austria (some 50 minutes drive south from Vienna Airport). The FTI Burgenland (Research-Technology-Innovation Agency) is inviting to a kick-off event held for the MoniQA Association. At the event you have the opportunity to learn more about MoniQA’s global network of experts from the fields of science, research, industry and regulatory bodies. The primary goal of the organisation is the facilitation of close collaborations and the resourcing of “tools” for granting food and nutrition safety. There are also offers for consulting services and education opportunities as well as organising conventions and workshops.

The FTI Burgenland is a member in MoniQA Association and represents on behalf of all food industry companies in the Burgenland area. At the event you will be able to hear more about MoniQA, its available services and you can learn first-hand through a personal talk how you could utilise the association’s offerings for your company and products. Take this opportunity to meet and learn more also about other food industry companies in Burgenland.

Participation is free of charge but we would kindly ask you to confirm your attendance at office [at] fti-burgenland [dot] at by 23rd September 2016.

 

2016-07-07:

iFAAM Logo

iFAAM, as an EU funded research project (2013-2017) aims at providing various tools and guidelines for an improved allergen and allergy management. In order to understand industry, retail, and supplier attitudes to the use of reference doses to determine risk thresholds for precautionary (allergen) labelling, we would like to assess food industry’s use of, and attitudes to strategies such as the Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling (VITAL) which contains the "may be present" statement, and possible alternatives. MoniQA would like to invite you to take part in a survey, which is hosted by our partner organization EuroFIR AISBL. Responses in the survey are anonymous. Any information they provide will be treated with strict confidence.

We would be very grateful if you would consider circulating the questionnaire amongst relevant clients and/or partners of yours:

EN: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/eurofiraisbl/ifaam-survey/

IT: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/eurofiraisbl/ifaam-survey-italian/

FR: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/eurofiraisbl/copy-ifaam-survey-1/

We are hopeful that outcomes of this research will enable those involved in the development of reference doses and precautionary labelling (i.e. manufacturers and food scientists) to identify critical barriers to acceptance by industry, so that these may be addressed, and the most effective methods used to encourage consumer understanding, acceptability and uptake.

 

2016-07-05:

MoniQA’s first food allergen QC materials, MoniQA SMP (skim milk powder, MQA 092014) and MoniQA BLANK (gluten-free cookie, MQA 082015) have recently undergone a first testing trial with some 40 laboratories involved worldwide. Most of the anticipated results have been collected and are currently evaluated. In a next step the completed materials of dried skim milk incurred in gluten-free cookies at various concentrations shall become available in summer 2016.

The materials are a result of an initiative that met in 2013 in Washington, MO, USA, which progressed into a MoniQA Task Force on the development of reference materials for food allergen and gluten-free analysis.

The Task Force is an international group comprised of several SDOs (Standardisation Organisations), industry representatives, policy makers, test kit providers and method developers, analytical companies, as well as representatives from various universities. This international group has been working towards consensus on the specific requirements and the design of globally acceptable reference/testing materials for allergen and gluten-free analysis. For this purpose MoniQA has liaised with the EU funded project iFAAM, the Prolamin Working Group, Health Canada, FARRP, Australia’s Allergen Bureau (Vital), and others.

 

 

2016-07-05:

The next meeting of MoniQA’s Task Force on Food Allergen Reference Material is scheduled ahead of the IAFP Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, USA, and will be hosted again by Trilogy Analytical Laboratories (MoniQA Member since 2012) in Washington, MO, USA, on 31 July 2016. Interested parties are advised to contact moniqa [at] moniqa [dot] org. Roland Poms will also give a presentation on the available food allergen reference materials at the IAFP Annual Conference that follows the Task Force Meeting.

 

2016-07-05:

MoniQA is official supporter of the 4th International ISEKI_Food Conference to be held in Vienna, Austria, 6 - 8 July 2016 organised by the ISEKI-Food Association (European Association for Integrating Food Science and Engineering Knowledge Into the Food Chain).

From more than 500 submitted abstracts 88 oral and 255 poster presentations will be delivered.

Poster Awards will begranted, Pre-conference activities (Food Waste Recovery Workshop, a PhD workshop, a free presentation of the FooD-STA centre AUSTRIA and a free training workshop on entrepreneurship) enrich the 4th International ISEKI_Food Conference in Vienna this year!

More than 300 people from all continents have already registered.
We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna in July 2016!

For more details please visit: http://www.isekiconferences.com/vienna2016/

 

2016-07-05:

In its aim to develop evidence-based approaches and tools for the management of allergens in food and to integrate knowledge derived from their application into food allergy management plans and dietary advice, the iFAAM project works develops a clinically validated tiered risk assessment approach for food allergens. The resulting holistic strategies will reduce the burden of food allergies in Europe and beyond, whilst enabling the European food industry to compete in the global market place. The iFAAM approach is building on e-Health concepts to allow full exploitation of complex data obtained from the work in this project, maximising sharing and linkage of data.

A second stakeholder consultation was held at the European Commission Joint Research Centre – Institute for Reference Materials and Methods, EC JRC-IRMM (Geel, BE) on 25-26 April 2016. The main objective of this stakeholder workshop was to seek critical feedback on iFAAM risk analysis tools and approaches proposed for managing the risks posed by the presence of unintended allergens in foods. This was achieved by a combination of presentations in plenary, panel discussions and break-out sessions:

• Presenting the risk analyses tools developed during iFAAM and showing how these can be integrated in managing the risk from unintended allergen presence;

• Showing how testing methodology can be embedded within the risk assessment and management process and best practice with regards to its application;

• Explaining how the integrated risk assessment approach can help to define benchmarks for precautionary allergen labelling and make labels more transparent for all stakeholders.

In total, 46 participants attended this workshop, which was co-chaired by Paul Finglas, President and Managing Director of EuroFIR (Brussels, BE), and Roland Poms, Secretary General/CEO of the MoniQA Association (Neutal, AT).

A third stakeholder consultation is planned towards the end of 2016 to discuss a more appropriate use of precautionary allergen labelling.

 

2016-07-05:

MoniQA endorses and contributes to the First Food Chemistry Conference - Shaping the Future of Food Quality, Health and Safety to be held 30 October - 1 November 2016 in the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This exciting new conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the leading international journal Food Chemistry will bring together experts and young researchers from academia, research centres, and industry to debate on the latest scientific advances in the field of food chemistry that help to shape current and future challenges in food quality, food safety, and health aspects of the food chain. These challenges are also intimately linked to the wider EU Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges related to health, food security, sustainable agriculture, maritime research and the bioeconomy. Topics will include:

  • Emerging non-nutrient bioactives in food - chemistry, analysis, function and health
  • Chemical reactions in foods: mechanisms, kinetics and impact on quality and health
  • Food structure, food quality and health including novel digestibility, processing technologies,
  • Nanotechnology and food packaging
  • Risk/benefits evaluation of food components
  • Food authenticity and integrity
  • Novel and rapid methods for food quality, integrity, and safety
  • Future research needs and funding opportunities

Meet MoniQA in Amsterdam!

 

2016-06-14:

MoniQA participated in three different calls for proposals with deadline February 2016 in the frame of the European Commission’s Horizon2020 Programme. Two of these submissions were evaluated positively by the EC and these two successful consortia were invited to submit a full proposal at stage two with a deadline in September 2016. Interested members of MoniQA Association may still get involved in these proposals as Third Party to MoniQA, if needed expertise can be filled by your organisation. If you are interested to get involved in MoniQA and/or any of the calls for research proposals below, please contact moniqa [at] moniqa [dot] org.

1) SFS-37-2016: The impact of consumer practices in food safety: risks and mitigation strategies, successful through stage 1. MoniQA is Workpackage Leader, a full proposal will be submitted by 13 September 2016.

2) SFS-33-2016: Understanding food value chain and network dynamics, successful through stage 1. MoniQA is Task Leader, a full proposal will be submitted by 13 September 2016.

3)
INFRAIA-02-2017: Integrating Activities for Starting Communities, submitted for stage 1 evaluation on 30 March 2016, MoniQA is partner, evaluation for stage 1 shall be completed by September 2016

4) SFS-46-2017: Alternative production system to address anti-microbial drug usage, animal welfare and the impact on health, proposal in preparation, MoniQA is Workpackage Leader, submission is foreseen by 14 February 2017

More details on the calls can be found on the official website of Horizon2020 of the European Commission https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/. MoniQA members may also access the call descriptions to the above titles here. (login required)

 

2016-05-19:

The aims of this workshop is to explore the requirements for a health claim on products including the human dietary studies likely to be necessary to generate the evidence required for positive opinion from EFSA.

The programme, speakers and registration can be found at http://bacchus-fp7.eu/best-practice-in-health-claims-bacchus-workshop

 

2016-05-19:

The aim of the meeting is to introduce RICHFIELDS to the stakeholder community, and identify the stakeholder’s needs on the scientific case and business case. Speakers will present the background and aims of RICHFIELDS and lead interactive breakout sessions to explore your needs and ideas to understand and better use consumer-generated data. The programme and more information about RICHFIELDS are attached for interest. Delegates can register at http://bit.ly/24x4L7Y

If delegates are unable to complete their travel on the same day as the meeting, RICHFIELDS will provide one night’s accommodation at the Penta or another suitable local hotel.

 

2016-04-29:

Also in 2016 MoniQA facilitates participation in collaborative research projects. In some selected calls MoniQA Association is involved as partner, workpackage leader or task leader. Please note that MoniQA may be able to involve its members as Third Party in various calls only if (according to EC rules) a valid membership pre-exists prior to the final submission of the proposal or the start of the project. If you are interested to get involved in MoniQA and/or any of the calls for research proposals below, please contact moniqa [at] moniqa [dot] org.

1)      The impact of consumer practices in food safety: risks and mitigation strategies

2)      Understanding food value chain and network dynamics

3)      Integrating Activities for Starting Communities

4)      Increase overall transparency of processed agri-food products

5)      Alternative production system to address anti-microbial drug usage, animal welfare and the impact on health

More details on the calls can be found on the official website of Horizon2020 of the European Commission https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/. MoniQA members may also access the call descriptions to the above titles here. (login required)

 

2016-04-14:

We take great pleasure in inviting post-graduate students (PhD/MSc) to participate in the 1st Postgraduate Symposium on Food Fraud hosted by Wageningen University and Research Centre in Wageningen, the Netherlands, on June 23-24, 2016. Postgraduates from around the world working on food fraud are welcome to participate, as are those who have completed a doctorate but not yet taken up a post. This exciting event will be an excellent occasion to meet your peers and develop your network as a junior researcher in the area of food authenticity, fraud, and integrity. The conference is free of charge and provides a varied programme for professional development as well as for networking (provisional programme attached). It is open to all postgraduate students across the full spectrum of food quality management, analytical chemistry, physics, criminology, marketing, consumer sciences, and economic sciences.

We encourage all to contribute to the symposium with an oral or poster presentation in order to maximize interaction. If you are interested in presenting your relevant PhD or post-doctoral work please submit a half-page abstract by 30 April 2016 in addition to registering (both forms attached). Those selected to give oral presentations will be notified by 20th May 2016. In addition to the junior presentations, we have invited three well-renowned professionals who will sketch the perspectives of the food industry, retail and Europol on food fraud.

Submit registration forms and abstracts to:
Prof.Dr. Saskia van Ruth
saskia [dot] vanruth [at] wur [dot] nl

This event is FREE (including lunches and symposium dinner) but all attendees should register as soon as possible and no later than by Friday 10th June 2016.

Accommodation: special rates for single rooms + breakfast of € 85 per night are available at Hotel De Wageningsche Berg, Generaal Foulkesweg 96, 6703 DS Wageningen; http://hoteldewageningscheberg.nl/. For reservations email to receptie [at] dewageningscheberg [dot] nl and mention the symposium.

Regular updates will appear on our website, please find also some information in the flyer attached. Feel free to forward the information.

Your presence at this symposium is important to us, we look forward to meeting you in Wageningen.

 

2016-02-29:

On 26 February 2016 the recently approved MoniQA Supervisory Board 2016 met in Neutal, Austria, to discuss the short and long term strategies and planned activities within the MoniQA Association. We thank the elected officials for their support and leadership in MoniQA:

Supervisory Board (SB) Members:

Richard Cantrill, USA ((2015-2017, President)
Paul Finglas, UK (2014-2016, Vice President)
Wolfgang Kneifel, Austria (2014-2016)
Marina Carcea, Italy (2015-2017)
Linda Monaci, Italy (2016-2018)

The following members were invited as Coopted Members 2016:

Bert Popping, France
Thomas Gude, Switzerland

Internal Auditors:
Gerhard Schleining, Austria (2015-2016)
Marco Gobbetti, Italy (2015-2016)

Furthermore Roland Poms, Austria, was confirmed as Secretary General 2016-2018.

The SB members present at the SB meeting in Neutal also used the opportunity to visit the new MoniQA Secretariat:

MoniQA Association
Werner-von-Siemens-Strasse 1
A-7343 Neutal
Austria

 

2016-02-16:

This year the ISEKI-Food Association (IFA) organises the 4th International ISEKI-Food Conference in Vienna, 6-8 July 2016 at the University of Natural Life Sciences (BOKU)  (http://www.isekiconferences.com/vienna2016/), where we expect again 200-300 participants.

 Abstracts are welcome to following topics:

·       Education and Training in the Food sector: trends and developments
·       Food Technology: process innovation, novel food functionalities and virtualization in food engineering
·       Food Quality and Safety: new developments
·       Food by-products: reduction and utilisation
·       Nutrition: trends and impact of food technology
·       Responsible Research and Innovation: challenges and practices in the food supply chain

For the best contributions several sponsored awards will be available.

A special session “Technologists meet Nutritionists” will be focusing on “Healthgrain”.

Furthermore there will be several pre-conference workshops:

·      A training workshop on “Food Waste Recovery” where innovative technologies will be presented
·      ISEKI_Food PhD Workshop “Industry meets Academia”
·      a PhD workshop on “Food & Water
·      Stakeholder workshop to present the “Food-STA center” to the FooD industry, an initiative of a knowledge alliance project (https://www.food-sta.eu/), co-ordinated by BOKU

MoniQA will contribute to this conference with several presentations and plans to organize a Task Force Meeting at the conference location.

 

2015-12-22:

Merry Christmas 2015!

At the end of an eventful and successful year, we would like to thank all our members, friends and collaborators for their support and involvement in 2015. As a global network for food safety monitoring and quality assurance, MoniQA www.moniqa.org - first funded as an EU Network of Excellence and then established as an international association - has been active since 2007. We are happy to see that MoniQA is growing in numbers of involved network partners and collaborators, as well as in strength of impact with a number of new activities and plans for the years to come.

For more details please see MoniQA eNews Alert 2015-12-22

We would like to wish you a blessed Christmas time and a successful start in the New Year! We are looking forward to working with you in 2016!

On behalf of the MoniQA Association

Richard Cantrill (USA), President

Paul Finglas (UK), Vice-President

Roland Poms (Austria), Secretary General

 

2015-12-16:

Please feel free to join any of MoniQA’s current activities. The invitation is open to all MoniQA Members and to those who are planning to sign-up in the near future.

MoniQA is an international and interdisciplinary network of professionals from institutions working in food research, regulatory bodies and trade, providing solutions to promote a safer and secure food supply worldwide. MoniQA facilitates international research collaborations to enable services and products for food safety & quality assurance. MoniQA contributes to the development and validation of analytical methods, provides training and continuous professional development (CPD), consultancy and socio-economic impact assessment.

1) Preparation and exploring research proposals for EU’s Horizon2020 Funding Programme. Examples of past and current project involvements of MoniQA are MoniQA NoE (FP6), PlantLibra (FP7), Connect4Action (FP7), iFAAM (FP7), and others. Currently MoniQA is facilitating project participation for members in Horizon 2020 calls for 2016.

2) Join MoniQA’s task force on emerging food safety and quality issues: discussion forum and exchange of experience to benefit MoniQA’s research agenda and collaboration agreements, new call texts (e.g. EU projects), workshop/conference themes, joint publications and opinion papers and support to other international organisations such as AOAC, AACCI, Codex, DIN, etc…

3) Join MoniQA’s task force on method validation:  Preparation of guidelines and protocols for validation of screening methods, validation of binary methods, validation of mass spectroscopic methods, current focus on mycotoxins, allergens, and authenticity issues. MoniQA contributed in the past to AOAC guidelines and EU directives.

4) Join MoniQA’s task force on Food Allergen Reference Materials:  Preparation, design and production of allergen and gluten-free reference materials for milk, egg, peanut, hazelnut, wheat, barley, rye, oats, a.o. MoniQA’s first allergen reference materials (dry skim milk and a gluten free matrix material) are currently being tested by an international ring trial.

5) Selected MoniQA supported meetings and/or with MoniQA contributions:

- 19-24 February 2016: IAM – Inter Agency Meeting and Codex CCMAS, Budapest, Hungary

- 28 February-1 March 2016: iFAAM Consortium Meeting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

- 4-8 April 2016: EuroFir Food Forum 2016, Brussels, Belgium

- 18-21 April 2016: 15th ICBC – ICC Cereals and Bread Congress in Istanbul, Turkey

- 4-6 May 2016: 9th Workshop on Food Allergens Methodologies will be May 4-6, 2016 in Ottawa, Canada

 

2015-12-16:

We would like to congratulate the awardees of the 5th MoniQA International Conference 2015! Selected by an international jury (Sean Astley, UK; Richard Cantrill, USA; Paul Finglas, UK; Olaf Nehlich, AT; Karin Zimmermann, NL; and Marija Zunabovic-Pichler, AT)  the best abstract, best poster and best research work were premiered at the latest MoniQA Conference in Porto, Portugal, 16-18 September 2015.

The Highest Impact Award was received by Telmo Fernandes from REQUIMTE-LAQV, Portugal, www.requimte.pt/laqv/, on behalf of all co-authors for his work on “Evaluating the performance of a novel single-tube nested real-time PCR on the detection of walnut allergens in cakes as affected by thermal processing”.  The Highest Impact Award in the value of € 1,800.-  is an Open Access publication of this or a related research work in QAS – Quality Assurance and Safety of Foods & Crops. This award was sponsored by the publisher of QAS, Wageningen Academic Publishing, the Netherlands, www.wageningenacademic.com.

The Best Poster Award was received by  Ricardo Assuncao from INSA - Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Portugal, www.insa.pt, on behalf of all co-authors for his work on “Risk assessment of Portuguese children dietary exposure to co-occurring mycotoxins in processed cereal-based foods”.  This award was sponsored by R-Biopharm www.r-biopharm.com (MoniQA Member since 2012) with a 300.- € cash award.

The Best Abstract Award was received by Joana Costa from REQUIMTE-LAQV, Portugal, www.requimte.pt/laqv/, on behalf of all co-authors for her work on “Exploiting bioinformatics tools to assess CP4-EPSPS peptides as potential biomarkers of genetically modified soybeans”.  This award was sponsored by MoniQA Association www.moniqa.org with a 300.- € cash award.

 

2015-07-13:

The conference programme of the the 5th MoniQA International Conference "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits" will become available soon. Poster abstracts will still be accepted until 15 July 2015.

We are proud to introduce some of the keynote speakers:

  • Samuel Godefroy, World Bank, Washington DC, USA, and Faculty of Agriculture & Food Science, University Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada:
    Food Safety Capacity Building Needs and Opportunities to Support Convergence with International Standards
  • Pier Sandro Cocconcelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy:
    Food, Safety and Health - Societal Changes and Trends
  • Bernd Appel, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Berlin, Germany:
    Microbial risks - New tools for risk assessment along global food chains
  • Franz Ulberth, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium:
    Future Research Needs and Funding Opportunities
  • Cristina Silva, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Portugal and GHI - Global Harmonisation Initiative:
    Harmonisation: Feeding People, Fueling Innovation
  • Speaker (to be confirmed), Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
    Emerging Issues in Food and Health - Risks and Benefits

Conference website: porto2015.moniqa.org
Registration: porto2015.moniqa.org/register. Early Bird Registration ends on 15 July 2015 (received fee)!
Abstract submission for posters: porto2015.moniqa.org/abstract_submission ends on 15 July 2015!
Make your hotel room reservation now at porto2015.moniqa.org/accommodation
Become an official sponsor: porto2015.moniqa.org/sponsoring

 

2015-06-20:

MoniQA proudly presents its newest membership category: Micro-companies can enjoy the full suite of benefits of a regular membership in MoniQA at half price. Starting in 2015 legal persons/consultants/one-man companies and small companies (SMEs) with less than 6 employees and a turn over less than 400,000.- € per year may qualify for a 50 % discounted membership fee in MoniQA. For 500.- € per year micro-companies can enjoy immediate benefits within MoniQA's Global Food Safety and Quality Network including the services listed below.

Additionally, micro-companies may enjoy a new offer (coming soon!) to sign up for a joint membership in MoniQA www.moniqa.org and EuroFIR www.eurofir.org for a further discounted price. For only 800.- € per year micro-companies will get high value services offered by both associations at a low price and covering food data and information underpinning nutrition and public health aspects.

Sign up for Membership in MoniQA or jointly in MoniQA/EuroFir today and start benefiting from the associations' international network and a variety of activities and services (details can be found on www.moniqa.org/about/association and www.eurofir.org/?page_id=255).

Some membership benefits are listed as follows:

  • Immediate discounts on registration and table top exhibition at the 5th MoniQA International Conference in Porto, Portugal, 16-18 September 2015
  • Free participation at the pre-conference workshops in Porto on 16 September 2015
  • Easy access and interaction with a global network of experts in food safety, quality and security
  • Easy access and involvement in international research proposals and projects
  • Better international visibility of your institution
  • Qualifying to organise your own MoniQA conference or workshop or webinar at your institute or in your country
  • Use the membership and joint achievements to increase your impact and significance in your own country and internationally, which can be important to join a consortium or qualify for a grant or for a tender
  • Privileged information and pre-publication information on upcoming calls and tenders
  • Get involved in collaborative projects, studies, initiatives
  • Support the validation of screening methods, validation of binary methods, validation of mass spectroscopic methods, current focus on mycotoxins, allergens, and authenticity issues
  • Preparation, design and production of allergen and gluten-free reference materials for milk, egg, peanut, hazelnut, wheat, barley, rye, oats, a.o.

If you want to make use of any of the sponsoring or contribution opportunities at these meetings, please contact MoniQA Secretariat at moniqa [at] moniqa [dot] org.

 

2015-06-20:

The 5th MoniQA International Conference "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits" on "Innovative Technologies for Food Quality and Safety Managementporto2015.moniqa.org will focus on technological and analytical challenges and new developments in assuring food safety and quality linked to risk assessment, health concerns, consumer preferences, and clinical implications. Unique insights in the global scope of these matters by renown speakers, invited papers and most recent advances in science and technology generated by the next generation leading scientists will make up an exciting programme.

Abstract submission for posters is open until 15 July 2015 porto2015.moniqa.org/abstract_submission! Please mind the new deadlines for the conference:

  • 15 July 2015: Extended deadline for abstract submission for posters.
  • 15 July 2015: Deadline for Early Bird registration (received fee).
  • 10 September 2015: Deadline for online registration.

Attention: We would like to encourage students and young researchers to submit abstracts and be part of the MoniQA competition for best abstract/poster and most cutting-edge research. MoniQA with the support of selected conference sponsors will provide travel support grants and other awards to the best abstracts evaluated by a small independent committee. 3 Travel grants of a minimum of 300.- € each are available on a competitive basis: Submit your abstract, register and be part of the competition for the following awards:

* Eligible are registered students (Bachelor, Masters and PhD; student ID required!). Submissions must be received by 15 July 2015 the latest. The award can be redeemed in the awarding ceremony at the 5th MoniQA International Conference on 18 September 2015, in Porto, Portugal.

** Eligible are all registered participants who present a poster at 5th MoniQA International Conference in Porto, Portugal. Posters will be selected during the Poster Viewing and Lunch on 17 September 2015, with the presenter available at his/her poster between 12:30-14:00. The award will be given during the awarding ceremony at the 5th MoniQA International Conference on 18 September 2015, in Porto, Portugal.

Online Registration is now open! Benefit from early bird and membership discounts!

Register now at porto2015.moniqa.org/register and benefit from a 15% discount on the regular registration fee. Members of the MoniQA Association, ICETA and EuroFIR, as well as students enjoy a special registration fee, respectively.

Become a sponsor! Check out our offerings and your opportunities!

Select a sponsor package that may be suited for you at porto2015.moniqa.org/sponsoring. Please mind some additional benefits were recently added for Platinum Sponsors (only one available) and Gold Sponsors.

Join the current group of sponsors:

MoniQA (Organiser) www.moniqa.org
ICETA (Co-organiser and local host) www.iceta.up.pt
R-Biopharm (Gold Sponsor) www.r-biopharm.com
TAP (Official Carrier) www.flytap.com

EuroFIR www.eurofir.org
ISEKI Food Association www.iseki-food.net
GHI www.globalharmonization.net
iFAAM www.inflammation-repair.manchester.ac.uk/ifaam
MycoSpec mycospec.eu
SPICED www.spiced.eu

 

2015-06-20:

After 6 consultations MoniQA's international task force on Food Allergen Reference Materials will meet again in Porto, Portugal, in the morning of 16 September 2015 ahead of the 5th MoniQA International Conference. Registration for this meeting is required by sending an email to conference [at] moniqa [dot] org; it is free for MoniQA Members and the initial task force members.

Current status: After extensive characterization the first materials (milk, a blank matrix material "rice cookie") are about to being tested and validated by the international community. For the gluten-free materials some 35 wheat varieties/flours have been extensively characterized and are now ready for final selection. Additional materials such as whole egg, peanut, hazelnut, and soy are in preparation and associated characterization work is under way. An update will be given at the upcoming meeting in Porto and the next steps will be discussed.

Background: In 2013 MoniQA initiated a Task Force on the development of food allergen and gluten-free reference materials. The Task Force is an international group comprised of several SDOs (Standardisation Organisations), industry representatives, policy makers, test kit providers and method developers, analytical companies, as well as representatives from various universities. This international group works towards consensus on the specific requirements and the design of global food allergen reference/testing materials and gluten-free standard materials. For this purpose MoniQA has liaised with the EU funded project iFAAM, the Prolamin Working Group (PWG) and Australia's Vital concept group.

The aim of MoniQA's initiative is the publication of a Guidance Document on the special requirements and production of food allergen and gluten-free reference materials. Accompanying research and the optimization of the production scheme to provide basic and incurred reference materials, spiked samples and extracts have been initiated.

 

2015-06-20:

iFAAM (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management; 2013-2017) is the world's biggest ever study of allergies - coordinated by Clare Mills from the University of Manchester www.inflammation-repair.manchester.ac.uk/ifaam. iFAAM involves the world’s leading experts in the UK, Europe, Australia and US. iFAAM, funded under EU's 7th Framework Programme, will develop evidence-based approaches and tools for MANAGEMENT of ALLERGENS in FOOD and integrate knowledge derived from their application and new knowledge from intervention studies into FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT plans and dietary advice. The resulting holistic strategies will reduce the burden of food allergies in Europe and beyond, whilst enabling the European food industry to compete in the global market place.

The MoniQA Association is partner in iFAAM. MoniQA leads Workpackage 9 on translating iFAAM developed tools and food allergen management approaches to practice. Current activities involve the development of a database on food allergen recalls, which will be published shortly. Furthermore, MoniQA leads work within iFAAM to make "May Contain" labeling more transparent and to provide a sustainable online toolbox for allergen management along the food supply chain.

 

2015-06-20:

MoniQA would like to welcome the association's newly elected officials. Details on all elected officials can be found at www.moniqa.org/about/officials. The Supervisory Board Members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of three years. In 2015 Richard Cantrill from AOCS (USA) will serve as MoniQA President and Paul Finglas from IFR/EuroFir (UK) as Vice President. The composition of the current MoniQA Supervisory Board is:

  • Richard Cantrill, AOCS, USA (2015-2017) - President
  • Paul Finglas, IFR/EuroFir, UK (2014-2016) - Vice President
  • Marina Carcea, ICC, Italy (2015-2017)
  • Wolfgang Kneifel, BOKU, Austria (2014-2016)
  • Hamit Köksel, HCTU, Turkey (2013-2015)

Co-opted members to support the Supervisory Board in extending membership and promoting MoniQA activities in 2015 are:

  • Xiaofang Pei, SCU, China
  • Angelo Visconti, UB, Italy
  • Hans van Egmond, Rikilt, NL

Elected auditors of the association are:

  • Gerhard Schleining, BOKU, Austria
  • Marco Gobbetti, University of Bari, Italy

MoniQA and its newly elected officials are looking forward to working with you and assisting you in matters of food safety and quality assessment, research project proposals, workshop and conference organisation, design and production of reference materials, and other international network activities.

 

2015-03-16:

This year, the C&E Spring Meeting will take place in Budapest with the theme Celebrating Cereals in the AACC International Centennial year: it will be the occasion to review the importance of cereals - and wheat in particular - in our daily diet and discuss the scientific progress in breeding, processing and nutritional aspects, with an outlook to the future.

The University of Budapest has a long standing reputation in cereal science thanks to its 95 year old Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In cooperation with the Cereals & Europe team and other organizing and sponsoring parties, the local hosts will do everything to guarantee the friendly environment to our guests for the effective scientific work and networking.

Hungary has a long tradition and widely applied results in the areas of cereal breeding, chemistry and technology, qualification agricultural production and milling processes. Therefore it is our great pleasure that Budapest can host the European centennial event of AACCI. The beautiful capital of Hungary with the Danube, many historical places and cultural events ensure the pleasant background of the conference.

MoniQA will be represented by Dr. Roland Poms with a talk on the "MoniQA Allergen Reference Materials Programme for Gluten Free Analysis" and "A novel approach of isotope analysis to distinguish organically and conventionally grown crops".

The C&E Spring Meeting is intended to all cereal scientists, cereal based product developers, lab technicians, application technologists, plant supervisors, academics keen to learn more about practical aspects of scientific findings and all others stakeholders who want to know more about cereal science and bakery technology.

Please make sure to register at www.cespringmeeting2015.org and benefit from the extended Early Bird fee until 16 March 2015!

 

2015-02-21:

The 5th MoniQA International Conference "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits" on "Innovative Technologies for Food Quality and Safety Management" will be held in Porto, 16-18 September 2015. It continues the successful series of MoniQA International Conferences, and targets participants from regulatory, industry, research and technology, method providers, media and consumer associations. For details please go to the conference website porto2015.moniqa.org.

Abstract submission is now open! Please go to porto2015.moniqa.org/abstract_submission for submission guidelines. The submission deadline is 31 May 2015 for oral and poster presentations.

Become a sponsor of this event! Find a sponsor package that may be suited for you at porto2015.moniqa.org/sponsoring.

This time technological and analytical challenges in assuring food safety and quality will meet risk assessment, health concerns, consumer preferences, and clinical implications. Unique insights in the global scope of these matters by renown speakers, invited papers and most recent advances in science and technology generated by the next generation leading scientists will make up an exciting programme.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Porto at the 5th MoniQA International Conference. We would like to encourage you to make use of one or more of the various opportunities to contribute to the conference as speaker, poster presenter, exhibitor, sponsor, volunteer or just to enjoy the technical programme, satellite training workshops, networking opportunities, or social events at the meeting in Porto.

We are hoping to see you in Porto!

Dr. Isabel Mafra and Dr. Roland Ernest Poms
On behalf of the Conference Committees

 

2015-01-29:

This multidisciplinary congress provides a forum for both internationally established and young researchers to exchange advanced knowledge on Food Contaminants and Human Health. The congress will include keynote lectures given by world-renowned scholars, in addition to oral and poster sessions. State of the Art developments in different fields of chemical mixtures: analytical, exposure assessment, bioavailability and toxicity of food contaminants will be covered during presentations. The ICFC2015 has been organized in the context of the project MYCOMIX - Exploring the toxic effects of mixtures of mycotoxins in infant food and potential health impact, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/DTP-FT0/0417/2012; FCT, Portugal).

ICFC 2015 welcomes the submission of abstracts for original contributors to the field of food contaminants and human health. The online abstract submission is now open to all experts and value contributors.

Deadlines:

  • Abstract submission: 13 February 2015
  • Abstract decision notification: 6 March 2015
  • Early Bird Registration: 13 March 2015

You can submit your abstracts directly through the web form available at www.icfc2015.com. The detailed Program is available at www.icfc2015.com/program.htm.

The organizers are looking forward to welcoming you in Lisbon!

 

2015-01-29:

The 2015 MoniQA Board Election is upon us and we ask you to consider the candidates and other association issues and vote. Voting is perhaps one of the most important and significant member privileges. Voting has opened on 29 January 2015 and closed on 16 February 2015.

Items to be voted on include

  • MoniQA Officials
  • QAS Journal
  • Membership issues

If you are a General Assembly member entitled to vote, please cast your vote at www.moniqa.org/ga/elections_jan_2015 (login required).

Thank you for your involvement in the MoniQA Association. Your input and feedback are important to us. We are looking forward to our future collaboration in MoniQA.

 

2014-10-20:

World Mycotoxin Journal Special Issue

Roland Poms from ICC/MoniQA and Michele Suman from Barilla are proud to present the Special Issue of the World Mycotoxin Journal (Volume 7, Number 4) on Rapid Methods for Mycotoxin Detection.

The issue contains 8 review articles, 2 research articles, as well as a foreword by Michele Suman and Roland Poms, the guest editors of this special edition. The articles contain a clear overview of the latest developments, products, and concerns on use of these fast and easy detection methods. Two of the papers are available as open access: the foreword and the review paper by C. von Holst and J. Stroka on “Performance criteria for rapid screening methods to detect mycotoxins”. If your institute has taken a subscription, all papers are freely accessible on the World Mycotoxin Journal MetaPress web page wageningenacademic.metapress.com/content/120817. As MoniQA or ICC member you are eligible for a discounted subscription.

 

2014-09-11:

On behalf of EuroFIR AISBL we are pleased to announce a workshop on EU Project Management and Science Communication.

The workshop will take place at the Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie in Brussels (Belgium) from Monday 17 November (12:30) to Thursday 21 November 2014 (17:30).

Aim of the workshop

Participants will gain sufficient knowledge to successfully manage EU-funded projects. The workshop is targeted primarily at academics or other staff from public, private and non-profit sectors from both EU and non-EU countries new to project management or who want to refresh their knowledge with the advent of Horizon2020.

Participation

A maximum of 25 applicants will be selected in order to ensure the course is highly interactive. Applicant should have at least a Bachelor of Art or Science at Honours level (BA Hons or BSc Hons) or equivalent and some relevant work experience, e.g. participated in an EU-funded or other multi-centre project. The modules will be taught in English and are highly interactive. Therefore, participants should have a good to very good command of English.

Programme

View the programme at www.eurofir.org/?p=3330. More information on application, fees and accommodation is available on the EuroFIR website at www.eurofir.org/?p=3315. MoniQA Members are entitled to a 15% discount.

 

2014-09-06:

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2014 multi-mycotoxin proficiency test (PT) organised by the MoniQA member CODA-CERVA (Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre, Belgium).

The main objective of the PT is to provide interested laboratories with an opportunity to test their multi-mycotoxin methods and to compare their results with those of other laboratories. The use of LC-MS/MS methods, although not strictly required, is highly recommended. Detailed information can be found in the attached Invitation Letter.

If you wish to participate please register at neonet.coda-cerva.be/neonet/Register_PT.aspx by 14 September 2014. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information at PT_myco_org [at] coda-cerva [dot] be.

 

2014-09-01:

The Allergen Reference Materials Working Group was kicked-off in February 2013 in Washington, USA. The aim of this ICC and MoniQA supported working group is to:

  • Discuss and agree on requirements of allergen reference materials
  • The publication of a Guidance Document on the production and the special requirements of allergen reference materials in a peer-reviewed journal (similar to Abbott et al. 2010, maybe several publications)
  • Seek general acceptance of the Guideline by the international community (Task force, WG, then also IAM and Codex)
  • Reference for any allergen RM producers
  • Create a Basis for a "certification label" to increase trust of users of the allergen RM

The next MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting will be held on Sunday 7 September 2014, 14:00-16:30 prior to the AOAC 128th Annual Meeting and Exposition, in Boca Raton (Florida).

 

2014-09-01:

From September 2014 onwards food service companies already want compliant information to the new 1169/2011 EU-food labeling regulation! Protect your sales and avoid high costs of non-compliance

Make food information exciting while protecting brands and clients is what thought leaders of the food sector are currently discussing. How to take advantage of the new EU-regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information also for non-prepacked foods, which is impacting the entire food supply-chain including eCommerce/food delivery services and catering, restaurants and fresh counters in retail.

Join an inspirational day of open innovation to accelerate your food labeling strategy and reduce risks of non-compliance with the help of all experts at your finger tips. For each question, teams will define goals, what has been done and what are the next steps.

 

2014-08-20:

The MoniQA member ISPA (Institute of Sciences of Food Production, National Research Council of Italy) is organising a Training Course on Detection Techniques for Mycotoxins in the Food/Feed Chain from 6 to 10 October 2014 at ISPA in Bari, Italy, under the aegis of the International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM).

 

2014-06-28:

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

The QAS volume 6, issue 3 (September 2014) is now available and features a special issue on "Food Chemistry and Safety". Edited by Hamit Köksel and Vural Gökmen, both from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, the presented research papers were selected from invited presentations in association with the EuroFoodChem XVII conference, which took place 7-10 May 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The included papers encompass the latest research trends and findings on the emerging topics of food chemistry and safety. The 10 papers included in this special issue were selected from the papers recommended through an external peer-review process.

The papers in this special issue describe the recent advancements on analytical methodologies for the determination of nanomaterials in complex samples, safety assessment of engineered metallic nanoparticles in foods, performance of multiplex dipstick immunoassay for screening mycotoxins in cereals, analytical challenges in food chemistry proficiency tests, application of e-nose technique for food quality control using novel oligopeptides based materials, and evaluation of safety risks in thermal processing of foods considering processing contaminants such as acrylamide. In addition, some papers describe also the production and characterization of resistant starch and its utilization as food ingredient, thermolysis products of potato starch as potential prebiotics, and anovel cereal fiber drink as a tool for prevention of civilisation disease.

We are pleased to present this special issue to the readers of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods journal and food chemistry community worldwide, and hope that it accomplishes our goal of highlighting outstanding recent advances in the field of food chemistry. At the same time we can be looking forward to the next EuroFoodChem XVIII conference in Madrid, Spain, 13-16 October 2015.

Subscribe now!

 

2014-05-12:

Vienna, 12 May 2014. An EU-funded research project is shining a spotlight on the benefits, risks and quality of botanicals. Some 30 international research groups worked in a multi-disciplinary consortium to investigate whether botanicals available as drops, capsules, lozenges, tablets and pills, for example, truly deliver on what they promise. The PlantLIBRA research project started in 2010 and ends in May this year. Some 110 experts from over 30 countries participate in the wrap-up event in Vienna, 12-14 May 2014 (plantlibra2014.icc.or.at). The event is managed by ICC, which is also a consortium partner in this EU funded project (www.icc.or.at/projects/plantlibra).

The 25 nations involved in the "PlantLIBRA" research project all pursued the same goal: to record the benefits and risks of botanicals and test the quality of the products available on the market. The experts involved also compiled a database that will make it easier for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other national authorities to assess botanicals.

Testing potency and toxicity

Botanicals, available as capsules, lozenges, tablets, pills and other similar dosage forms, are legally defined as foodstuffs and therefore subject to less stringent regulations than pharmaceuticals. Whether they offer any benefits, or may even pose risks, to consumers is the subject of the EU project that investigated a range of selected samples. "Whether a product actually contains the plant advertised on the package has not been tested in many cases. And it often takes a liability suit before we find out whether the active ingredients in a botanical product are effective or perhaps even poisonous" reports work package leader and Professor Emeritus at the Vetmeduni Vienna, Chlodwig Franz. The goal of this EU project was to shed light on this grey area. Various methods were developed and tested to anaylse the quality and safety of botanicals that are used in food supplements, including DNA analysis techniques that allow the exact identification of the plants used.

European products exceeded expectations

The researchers examined different products from all over Europe that contained passion flower, devil's claw, melissa, chamomile, valerian, calendula and ribwort. According to researcher Silvia Sponza: "All the European products we examined, including teas, pills, drops, powders and ointments, did in fact contain what was listed on the packaging. And the quality of the active ingredients was even on par with the quality standards that apply to pharmaceuticals."

The scientists also drew up a list of analytical laboratories in Europe, an important resource for the industry. This will make it much easier for botanicals manufacturers to select a competent lab to run analyses on their products.

Interviews with experts

The PlantLIBRA final conference is held in Vienna from 12-14 May 2014. Study research partners and representatives from the industry are in attendance. Various experts, including the Coordinator, Professor Patrizia Restani from the University of Milan (Italy), are available during the event at the Hotel Stefanie (Taborstraße 12, 1020 Vienna) for interviews. Please view the full programme at plantlibra2014.icc.or.at/programme and please feel free to contact us for an appointment at office [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at.

 

2014-05-12:

On behalf of the MoniQA member CNR-ISPA (National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Sciences of Food Production), it is our pleasure to invite interested laboratories to participate in a multi-mycotoxin proficiency test (PT).

The main objective of the PT is to provide interested laboratories with an opportunity to test their multi-mycotoxin methods and to compare their results with those of other laboratories. The use of LC-MS(MS) methods, although not strictly required, is highly recommended. Detailed information can be found in the attached Invitation Letter.

If you wish to participate please complete the attached Registration Form and send it by email to Veronica Lattanzio (veronica [dot] lattanzio [at] ispa [dot] cnr [dot] it) and Annalisa De Girolamo (annalisa [dot] degirolamo [at] ispa [dot] cnr [dot] it) by 20 May 2014. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information about the procedure of the proficiency test.

 

2014-03-17:

The call for nominations for the GCHERA (Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences) World Agriculture Prize 2014 Prize is now open. The 2014 Prize will be awarded to an academic/faculty member from a higher education institution working in the disciplines relating to the agricultural and life sciences in recognition of the academic/faculty member's life time achievements. A nominee will demonstrate exceptional and significant achievement in his or her engagement in the mission of higher education institutions relating to agricultural and life sciences – in education, research and innovation. This impact will most likely be demonstrated in the work of the nominee in the development of the institution(s) in which the nominee has served, and in the local and wider geographical region of those institution(s), but not necessarily globally. For full details of the Terms & Conditions for submitting a nomination for the prize see www.gchera-wap.org

 

2014-03-13:

Over 70 participants attended the annual Joint MoniQA/IAM Workshop for Codex Alimentarius which was held 2 March 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. Chaired by Richard Cantrill, AOCS and Roland Poms, ICC, this year's event focused on "Sampling issues in the light of new approaches and existing Codex Standards". The featured presentations from Roger Wood, Chairman of the Inter-Agency Meeting; Árpád Ambrus, Hungarian Food Safety Office; Steve Ellison, LGC; Astrid Nordbotten, Norwegian Food Safety Authority and Roger Kissling, Fonterra Ltd. were made available to MoniQA members and participants. MoniQA is now collecting ideas and needs for the next Joint IAM/MoniQA Workshop linked to the Codex Alimentarius CCMAS meeting in Budapest in 2015, please send your comments and ideas to moniqa [at] moniqa [dot] org. To join MoniQA, please go to www.moniqa.org.

 

2014-02-20:

The 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference will take place in Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014 with the general aims to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.

This conference will be focused on Food Science and Technology for a Bioeconomy 2020. Among a wide number of conference topics, the re-thinking of education in terms of strategies and methods for higher education and continual professional development, the most recent research innovations and emergent requirements, and developments and needs for an industry sustainable food supply, will be on top of the agenda. Several pre-conference events are also included and organized: The final session of the pilot "Summer School" for teachers in Food Science & Technology, and two workshops on European PhD research and involvement and role of industry.

For more information including the updated programme, please visit the conference website www.isekiconferences.com/athens2014. We look forward to welcoming you to Athens in 2014.

 

2014-02-10:

All MoniQA Members are cordially invited to attend the next MoniQA General Assembly scheduled on 2 April 2014, 13:00-15:00, Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands at the end of the 9th Rapid Methods Europe Conference www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014. A detailed agenda will be provided by beginning of March 2014.

Eligible to vote is one representative of each of the institutions registered as MoniQA ordinary and founder member, respectively, whereas a founder member's vote is weighted as three and an ordinary member's vote as one vote. If the main contact of an institution is unable to attend the General Assembly, a replacement from the same institution can be nominated, which needs to be communicated to us prior to the meeting.

 

2014-02-09:

Rapid Methods Europe - RME2014 (www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014) takes place in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, 31 March - 2 April 2014. RME2014 is the 9th in a series of conferences dedicated to innovations and breakthroughs in microbiological and chemical analysis of food, feed and water. This series aims to further strengthen the academia-industry relations and to further disseminate advanced research towards practical applications in food, feed and water analysis. MoniQA organised a technical session at the conference on 2 April 2014 and will also hold its annual General Assembly at the end of the conference 13:00-15:00 on 2 April 2014. For details please consult the conference programme at www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014/cp.pdf.

RME2014 presents new and cutting-edge technologies focusing on multi-target screening, lower detection limits, wider range of matrices and shorter time, with an eye toward looking for unknown compounds and moving tests out of the laboratory. Conference topics include, but are not limited to ...

  • sampling and sample preparation
  • multi-analyte detection
  • simple and cost-effective technologies
  • alternative biosensors and recognition elements
  • scientific solutions for industry
  • outlook for future analytical advances

... for microorganisms (indicator and spoilage microorganisms, pathogens), contaminants (due to contamination, cultivation practices or production processes), allergens, GMOs and veterinary drug residues, as well as for authenticity/adulteration and forensic identification.

As a comprehensive overview RME2014 offers an excellent way to network and to share ideas, providing a reference source for anyone wishing to gain insight into the latest developments in microbial and chemical analysis of food, feed and water ensuring safety and quality.

 

2014-01-21:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, ICC and MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by email to office [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 5 afternoons. Invited speakers from international standardisation organisations will enrich the workshop programme and give a global perspective and the value of international standards.

The aim of the workshop on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding EU regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

More infos: www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_rm_food_safety_boku_march_2014

 

2014-01-20:

More than 600 people from 48 different countries attended the Horizon 2020 info day calls for proposals for Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) and LEIT- Biotechnology. This major event took place in Brussels, on 17 January 2014, at the Charlemagne building and was organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation through Directorate F – Bioeconomy. You can access the presentations given on the day at ec.europa.eu/research/bioeconomy/news-events/news/20140117_03_en.htm, which will be updated regularly.

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA, attended the Info Day in Brussels on behalf of members of ICC and MoniQA. Several specific questions communicated by members in advance of the meeting to the Secretariat of ICC and MoniQA could be addressed in the afternoon discussions with the EC officials. Members only can see some more detailed information and possibilities of joint collaborative projects in the protected members area at www.icc.or.at for ICC and www.moniqa.org for MoniQA (for members visible after log in). ICC and MoniQA will continue to disseminate up-to-date information on new developments within Horizon 2020 and will facilitate project participation for its members.

 

2014-01-10:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of MoniQA Association, will attend the Info Day on 2014 Horizon 2020 calls for proposals - Societal Challenge 2 and LEIT Biotechnology (ec.europa.eu/research/bioeconomy/news-events/news/20140117_en.htm). After MoniQA's successful completion of its Network of Excellence in 2012 and its foundation as legal entity in 2011, MoniQA has been directly or indirectly involved in various project proposals. The most recent success was partnering in iFAAM (2013-2017). With the available expertise and experience with attracting EU funding for collaborative research projects and involvement in EU’s Framework Programmes (FP4-FP7) as Coordinator (ECC 2002, MoniQA), as Workpackage Leader or Partner (HEALTHGRAIN, ISEKI, CommNET, PlantLibra, Connect4Action, iFAAM, MyNewGut, MycoSpec, EMPORA) or as Member of the Advisory Board (MycoRed, DREAM, TradeIT), at the MoniQA Secretariat (c/o ICC Headquarters, Vienna, Austria), MoniQA will again facilitate and/or partner in collaborative project proposals with Horizon 2020. As a special service for MoniQA Members, Roland Poms and the MoniQA Secretariat in Vienna will support members’ initiatives and provide advice in partner search or direct requests to programme officers.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly € 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) - in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. For more information please contact the official website at ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020.

MoniQA members and stakeholders might have special interest in the following areas:

MoniQA will be happy to discuss your ideas and proposals. Members of MoniQA enjoy additional privileged information and services useful for project proposals and collaborations. If you are not a member of MoniQA yet, please refer to www.moniqa.org/news/renew_moniqa_membership and choose your preferred involvement in MoniQA.

 

2014-01-08:

Roland Ernest Poms, General Secretary of ICC and MoniQA, received a teaching grant from the Austrian and Thai governments and following an invitation of Thammasat University he gave lectures to Master and PhD students in various areas of food safety between 9-19 December 2013. During the educational programme entitled "Meeting Global Food Safety Challenges" in total more than 100 students attended the lectures. Additionally, two workshops were co-organised by MoniQA, ICC, Thammasat University and the BioTech Center Thailand. The two days workshop including theoretical and practical training 1) "Effective Mycotoxin Management" at the Biotech Center Thailand on 11-12 December 2013, and 2) "Allergen-free Food: Market Opportunity and Process Control Plans for Food Manufacturer" at Cha-da Hotel, Bangkok organised by the Department of Food Science and Technology, Thammasat University, 17-18 December 2013, attracted a total of 100 participants from academia and industry. Univ. Prof. hc. Dr. Roland Ernest Poms also discussed possible future collaborations between BOKU Vienna and Thammasat University Bangkok and issues in relation to strengthening the existing ties between the two universities and the bilateral research and exchange activities between Thailand and Austria.

 

2013-12-23:

On behalf of MoniQA Association I would like to thank you for your trust and collaboration in the past year. We can look back to another successful year in MoniQA, thanks to the great collaboration of the global MoniQA network of members and stakeholders.

Some highlights in 2013 were:

  • the successful organization of the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary
  • the organization of several workshops and CPD events around the globe (Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Thailand, Taiwan, USA, and others)
  • the re-launch of our international journal QAS with our new publisher Wageningen Academic Publishing
  • the involvement of MoniQA Association as EU project partner in an FP7 project (iFAAM)
  • facilitating project involvement of MoniQA members
  • facilitating research collaborations and personnel exchanges bilaterally and globally
  • coordinating the design and production of Food Allergen Reference Materials for cereals and gluten, milk, egg, peanut, and hazelnut as first priorities

We are looking forward to providing ever improving services to the food safety community worldwide. We hope for your continuous trust and we would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Successful New Year. Please mind that the MoniQA Secretariat, hosted by ICC Headquarters, will be closed between Christmas and New Year (23 December 2013 - 1 January 2014).

2014 will offer several opportunities to meet MoniQA and colleagues from around the globe - we hope to see you at one or the other MoniQA supported meeting (some examples in chronological order):

  • 4-7 February 2014: MoniQA FST "Alternative Methods for Microbiological Analysis of Foods and Feeds", Plovdiv, Bulgaria (in Bulgarian language)
  • 24-26 February 2014: 3rd iFAAM Consortium Meeting, Vienna, Austria (by invitation only, MoniQA is partner)
  • 27 February 2014: MoniQA Allergen Reference Materials Meeting, Vienna, Austria
  • 2 March 2014: Joint MoniQA/IAM Workshop for Codex Alimentarius (CCMAS) "Sampling Uncertainty", Budapest, Hungary, www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_budapest_march_2014
  • 31 March - 2 April 2014: MoniQA Session & General Assembly, at RME2014 - 9th Conference "Rapid Methods Europe", Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014
  • 12-14 May 2014: Final International PlantLibra Conference, Vienna, Austria, plantlibra2014.icc.or.at

With best wishes

Roland Ernest Poms
MoniQA Secretary General

 

2013-12-17:

ICC and MoniQA will support the TRADEIT project by disseminating project results and inviting bakeries to participate at training events offered by the project free-of-charge in various locations and in local languages all around Europe. TRADEIT is funded under FP7 KBBE.2013.2.3-02 Grant Agreement No KBBE-613776.

It is accepted that resource limitation precludes majority of Traditional Food Producing SMEs from participating in innovative and entrepreneurial activities. The TRADEIT project aims to address this through an ambitious program of events and supports for the Traditional Agri-Food sector which will through the promotion and facilitation of Collaboration, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge and Technology Transfer will increase the competitiveness and inter-regional advantage of participating Traditional Food Producing SMEs.

Acknowledging that time requirements and language barriers frequently disincentives SME participation in training and dissemination events TRADEIT will establish and pilot 9 TRADEIT Hubs in a total of 8 partner countries: Ireland, UK, Spain (2 Hubs), Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland and Finland. Each Hub will form a sub-network, defined by regional and language with an associated network of local and regional traditional food producers and linked to the relevant National Technology Platform, Food for Life and other national food and drink and policy organisations. A TRADEIT Advisor is allocated to each Hub to co-ordinate regional events and act as an SME liaison.

Germany will be the Hub Leader (ILU e.V.) for the Bakery Sector.

The project aims to enroll 180 SMEs in the Programme, 20 per Hub over the course of the project. Events:

  • Needs and Barrier Analysis (Regional/ National)
  • Brokerage Events (Trans-National)
  • SME Missions (Regional/ National)
  • Knowledge Transfer Training Event (Regional/ National)
  • Entrepreneurial Summer Academy (Trans-National)
  • TRADEIT Annual Conference (International)
  • Strategic Research Agenda Workshops

For supporting participating SMEs, the Hub Events will be free-of-charge, to a specific limit in terms of travel to/from the event venue and accommodation. SMEs will be selected together with the Hub Sub-network Partners.

For further information and to contact the Hub Coordinator, please go to www.ilu-ev.eu/latest-infos/tradeit.html.

 

2013-12-10:

Following on from the successful series of Workshops held immediately prior to the recent Sessions of CCMAS the IAM/MoniQA Workshop organisers were asked by delegates to further develop a number of issues of concern. In particular they were asked to consider whether it would be appropriate to develop a Workshop to discuss Sampling issues in the light of new approaches and exisitng Codex Standards. This has become particularly important given the increasing awareness of sampling uncertainty and at the same time confusion about its assessment and procedures to take appropriate and representative samples in diffferent commercial and regulatory environments. Starting as an exlusive offer for delegates of Codex Alimentarius these workshops have also become part of Continuous Professional Development for policy makers and decision makers in food businesses. Please find a draft programme at www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_budapest_march_2014.

The workshop is organised jointly by IAM and MoniQA. It will be held at the Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel, now with a new name: The Aquincum Hotel Budapest, Árpád fejedelem útja 94, Budapest 1036, Hungary (www.aquincumhotel.com). This workshop is free for CCMAS delegates and members of IAM, discounts apply for MoniQA members and students. Registration is required by all participants and speakers. Please register online at www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_budapest_march_2014/register.

Please mind that only a limited number of places are available and that registrations will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis. We are looking forward to seeing you in Budapest in 2014!

 

2013-12-02:

The training is organised by the University of Food Technologies and the MoniQA Association. Participants will learn about the common food pathogens and the available rapid methods for microbiological analysis of foods. The FST (food scientist training) will provide relevant theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on PCR methods (classical PCR and real-time PCR) for the detection and quantification of pathogens in food samples.This year the training will expand its focus to mycotoxins in foods – producing microorganisms and factors contributing to mycotoxin contaminations, methods for de-toxification and the regulatory frame.
Taking place at the University of Food Technologies, Plovdiv the workshop will be held in Bulgarian language and will consist in two parts:

Theoretical part:

  • Common food pathogens and currently available rapid methods for pathogen detection and quantification
  • Introduction to molecular methods
  • PCR – basic principles, equipment, applications, combinations with other analytical techniques
  • Real-time PCR - theoretical background of technology (basic principles, equipment, applications, sample preparation)
  • Mycotoxins in foods - producing microorganisms and factors for food contamination, methods for de-toxification, regulatory frame

Practical part:

  • DNA Extraction from food samples
  • Pathogen detection by PCR
  • Pathogens detection and quantification by real-time PCR
  • Evaluation of results
  • Mycotoxin analysis

 

2013-11-15:

It is time again to renew your MoniQA Association Membership for another year and benefit from MoniQA's international network and a variety of activities and services (details can be found on www.moniqa.org/about/association).

Some membership benefits are listed as follows:

  • Easy access and interaction with a global network of experts
  • Easy access and involvement in international research proposals and projects funded by the EU, UNO, Bill Gates Foundation, governments, etc.
  • Training and education opportunities for teachers and students at universities and companies around the globe
  • Easy access to information and grants for personnel exchanges and mobility of researchers, trainers, teachers and students
  • Better international visibility of your institution
  • Discounts on conference, workshop, webinar participation
  • Qualifying to organise your own MoniQA conference or workshop or webinar at your institute or in your country
  • Use the membership and joint achievements to increase your impact and significance in your own country and internationally, which can be important to join a consortium or qualify for a grant or for a tender
  • Privileged information and pre-publication information on upcoming calls and tenders
  • Technical support and access to rare/expensive infra-structure
  • Get involved in collaborative projects, studies, initiatives
  • Exclusive job offers for professionals, students and trainees

Some selected current activities might be of interest to you:

  • Preparation and exploring research proposals for EU's Horizon2020 Funding Programme. Examples of past and current project involvement of MoniQA are MoniQA NoE (FP6), PlantLibra (FP7), Connect4Action (FP7), iFAAM (FP7), and others.
  • Preparation of guidelines and protocols for validation of screening methods, validation of binary methods, validation of mass spectroscopic methods, current focus on mycotoxins, allergens, and authenticity issues.
  • Preparation, design and production of allergen and gluten-free reference materials for milk, egg, peanut, hazelnut, wheat, barley, rye, oats, a.o.
  • Selected MoniQA (co-)organised/supported meetings:

    • 25-29 November 2013, Vienna, Austria: BOKU lecture and MoniQA Training Course, "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance"
    • 11-12 December 2013, Bangkok, Thailand: MoniQA Workshop "Effective Mycotoxin Management" – Sponsoring and contribution opportunity for MoniQA Members!
    • 17-18 December 2013, Bangkok, Thailand: MoniQA Workshop "Effective Food Allergen Management"
    • 4 March 2014, Budapest, Hungary: MoniQA/IAM workshop for Codex Alimentarius on "Sampling Uncertainty"
    • 2 April 2014, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands: MoniQA Session and General Assembly at RME2014 – Rapid Methods Europe 2014

If you want to make use of any of the sponsoring or contribution opportunities at the meetings mentioned above, please contact Roland Poms at roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at.

If you have any questions related to your membership status, please contact Sabine Gratzer (sabine [dot] gratzer [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at).

 

2013-11-14:

MoniQA and Thammast University would like to invite you to attend the workshop

"Allergen-free Food: Market Opportunity and Process Control Plans for Food Manufacturer" taking place at the Bangkok Cha-da Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand from 17-18 December 2013.

Workshop objectives:

  • To provide current market situations of allergen-free foods
  • To review the basics of food allergens
  • To be aware of regulations and allergen-free labeling
  • To transfer knowledge of strategies and management of food allergen
  • To learn analytical methods and verification techniques of allergen and allergen assay test kits

Rationale and Background:

Allergen-free food market is a global rapid-growing segment. The largest share of allergen-free food product value sales comes from North America and Europe. Analysts estimated annual growth rate of allergen-free food market in the US. being more than 10% and product sales in the year 2018 being more than US$ 6.2 billion. The fast growing market of allergen-free food is due to not only an increase in numbers of food allergy individuals but also allergen-free food has been considered to be healthy food.

Foods identified as allergens are wheat, milk, egg, peanut, soybean, fish, seafood, sesame and tree nuts. These foods are common ingredients in many food products. To produce allergen-free food products, food manufacturers have to be aware of types of allergens, control plan for processing, cross contamination possibly occurring during processing, detection methods for allergens and regulations including allergen-free labeling.

The speakers are:

  • Dr. Roland Ernest Poms, BOKU, ICC and MoniQA Association, Austria
  • Ronald Niemeijer, R-Biopharm, Germany
  • Dr. Susanne Siebeneicher, R-Biopharm, Germany
  • Tan Li Mien, Romer Labs, Singapore
  • Associate Professor Dr. Orapan Poachanakoon, M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University
  • Dr. Chaiwut Gamonpilas, The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), NSTDA

For more details including the programme and registration form please go to www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_allergen_bangkok_2013.

 

2013-11-12:

MoniQA, the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology  would like to invite you to attend the Workshop "Effective Mycotoxin Management" taking place at the Thailand Science Park, Tha Khlong, Pathum Thani / Bangkok, Thailand on 11-12 December 2013.

The objectives of the workshop are

  • to look at the current situation of mycotoxin contamination and impacts on food security globally and specifically in Thailand and South East Asia
  • to review regulations of mycotoxins in food and feed industries both in Thailand and globally,
  • to review current methods for mycotoxins detections and get some hands-on experience using detection kits,
  • and to get insight in mycotoxin risk analysis and mitigation strategies to control contaminations.

The rationale of this workshop: The worldwide contamination of foods and feeds with mycotoxins poses a significant problem to staple foods and meat production. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of molds that have adverse effects on humans, animals, and crops that result in illnesses and economic losses. The accumulation of mycotoxins in foods and feeds represents a major threat to human and animal health as they are responsible for many different toxicities including the induction of cancer, mutagenicity and estrogenic gastrointestinal, urogenital, vascular, kidney and nervous disorders. Some mycotoxins are also immuno-compromising, and can thus reduce resistance to infectious disease. Significant economic losses are associated with their impact on human health, animal productivity, and both domestic and international trade.

This workshop aims to provide knowledge and expertise in the mycotoxin field from both Thailand and abroad. Invited are quality managers, food manufacturing auditors, food scientists, toxicologists, representatives and decision makers from industry, policy and academia.

For more details including the programme and registration form please go to www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_mycotoxin_thailand_science_park_2013.

 

2013-09-26:

Dr Roland Poms, Secretary General, will represent MoniQA and ICC at the 98th AACC International Annual Meeting 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For further information on the AACC Meeting, please see the announcement on the AACC website.

The ICC Luncheon will be held in connection with the AACC meeting, on 2 October 2013, chaired by Dr Roland Poms, ICC Secretary General. For further information on the ICC Luncheon, please see here.

 

2013-09-19:

The 2nd iFAAM (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management) consortium meeting will be held 7-9 October 2013 in Cork, Ireland. Roland Poms will represent ICC and MoniQA. For more information on this event please see here.

For further information on the project please click here.

 

2013-09-17:

The Allergen Reference Materials Working Group was kicked-off in February 2013 in Washington, USA. The aim of this ICC and MoniQA supported working group is to:

  • Discuss and agree on requirements of allergen reference materials
  • The publication of a Guidance Document on the production and the special requirements of allergen reference materials in a peer-reviewed journal (similar to Abbott et al. 2010, maybe several publications)
  • Seek general acceptance of the Guideline by the international community (Task force, WG, then also IAM and Codex)
  • Reference for any allergen RM producers
  • Create a Basis for a "certification label" to increase trust of users of the allergen RM

The second meeting was held in Vienna at the ICC Headquarters, 13 June 2013, chaired by Dr Roland Poms, ICC and MoniQA Secretary General. This meeting was held in connection with the GF13 - the 3rd International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products and Beverages.

The next MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting (by invitation only) will be held on 10 October 2013 prior to the 27th Meeting of the Working Group on Prolamin Analysis and Toxicity in Darmstadt, Germany, 10 - 12 October 2013.

Please find details of the Prolamin WG meeting at www.moniqa.org/events/prolamin_wg_meeting_oct_2013.

 

2013-09-13:

The videos of the MoniQA workshop "Method Performance and Analytical Uncertainty", 19 June 2013, BOKU, Vienna, Austria, held by Richard Cantrill (AOCS) on Method Performance and Hilde Skår Norli (NMKL) on Analytical Uncertainty are now available on the MoniQA website. They can be watched for free for MoniQA members (please log into the MoniQA website) and will be available via paid access for non-members soon.

Watch the videos:

 

2013-08-29:

On behalf of the MoniQA member CODA-CERVA (Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre, Belgium), it is our pleasure to invite interested laboratories to participate in a multi-mycotoxin proficiency test (PT).

The main objective of the PT is to provide interested laboratories with an opportunity to test their multi-mycotoxin methods and to compare their results with those of other laboratories. Detailed information can be found in the attached Invitation letter.

To register, please fill in the attached Registration form and email it to pt_myco_org [at] coda-cerva [dot] be until 15 September 2013. Please mention "MoniQA" in the subject. Don't hesitate to also send email if you have any questions.

 

2013-08-08:

The iFAAM Project - The world's biggest ever study of allergies – kicked off in March 2013. The MoniQA Assocation supports the project as project partner.

Up to 20 million European citizens suffer from food allergy. However management of both food allergy, by patients and health practitioners, and allergens, by industry, is thwarted by lack of evidence to either prevent food allergy developing or protect adequately those who are already allergic.

Funded by the 7th Framework Programme and coordinated by Manchester University, iFAAM will develop evidence-based approaches and tools for MANAGEMENT of ALLERGENS in FOOD and integrate knowledge derived from their application and new knowledge from intervention studies into FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT plans and dietary advice. The resulting holistic strategies will reduce the burden of food allergies in Europe and beyond, whilst enabling the European food industry to compete in the global market place.

The MoniQA Association supports the iFAAM project as a WorkPackage Leader of a WP on translating iFAAM developed tools and food allergen management approaches into applicable tools and services. The project will run till 2017.

The 2nd iFAAM meeting has been hold in Cork, October 2013. For more information please see: link

 

2013-07-01:

Two new webinars are available and provided by MoniQA. The webinats were produced in coperation with CNR-ISPA, Bari, Italy and Thermo Fisher, Prague, Czech Republic, both MoniQA members. Please click on the links below to watch Dr. Veronica Lattanzio, from the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR), Italy, speak about quantitative determination and metabolite discovery of mycotoxins using Thermo Scientific™ Orbitrap™ high resolution accurate mass spectrometry and Dr. Linda Monaci, also from the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR), Italy, speak about multi-allergen detection and quantitation of milk and egg proteins in white wine using Thermo Scientific™ Orbitrap™ high resolution accurate mass spectrometry.

The webinars are offered free of charge!

 

2013-06-25:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, ICC and MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by email to office [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 5 afternoons. Invited speakers from international standardisation organisations will enrich the workshop programme and give a global perspective and the value of international standards.

The aim of the workshop on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding EU regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

More infos: www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_rm_food_safety_boku_november_2013

 

2013-06-25:

The quality of food supplements made from plants is an ongoing subject of debate inside the European community. These products are usually a complex mixtures of ingredients derived from plants of different origins and composition, and the quality of products can be affected by a countless number of factors including the incorrect identification of the plant species, the presence of naturally present compounds of some concern, unintentional contamination by biological, physical or chemical contaminants, or fraudulent adulteration with other plants and/or the addition of illegal substances.

The specific quality issues of plants for food supplements have been addressed and discussed at the conference dedicated to the Quality of Plant food supplements in Vienna 11 July 2013 and hosted by the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds University of Veterinary Medicine.

To read more please go to: link

 

2013-06-19:

ICC, as partner of the PlantLIBRA consortium would like to invite interested laboratories and stakeholders to participate in an international network of laboratories capable of providing reliable high quality analytical data on plant and botanical preparations and/or to identify chemical and biological contaminants and/or assess irradiation treatment.

PlantLIBRA (acronym of Plant food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment, FP7 EC project number 245199) aims to foster the safe use of food supplements containing plants or botanical preparations, by increasing science-based decision-making by regulators and food chain operators.

PlantLIBRA - a project co-financed in the context of the 7th EU Framework Program - spans 4 continents and 25 partners, comprising leading academics, small- and medium sized enterprises, industry and no-profit organizations. The project is structured to develop, validate and disseminate data and methodologies for risk and benefit assessment and implement sustainable international cooperation. During its four years of length, PlantLIBRA will directly achieve a meta-database containing data on plant food supplement consumption, as well as on biologically active substances and contaminants.

PlantLIBRA works closely with EFSA and plans also cooperation with competent authorities and stakeholders.

Network of laboratories - One of the objectives of the project (topic of Work Package 7 Investigation on botanical ingredients and Plant Food Supplements: plant identity, methods, new compounds, network of laboratories) is to create an international network of laboratories capable of providing reliable high quality analytical data on plant and botanical preparations, and to identify contaminants (chemical and biological) and irradiation treatment. Laboratories providing tools to ensure safe plant food supplements could support the work of international organizations (i.e. regulatory bodies) involved in food safety and also of food manufacturers in achieving high quality products. The network will provide analytical tools to European Poison Centres for fast identification of adverse effects to plant ingredients. The laboratories of the network (including beneficiaries of PlantLIBRA) can be public and private institutions performing regulatory and /or relevant analytical work .

Questionnaire - The attached questionnaire is addressed to laboratories that are interested in participating in the network. The document has been prepared in the form of a questionnaire in order to rapidly collect information about laboratories and to summarize attributes for participation in the network.

 

2013-05-15:

NOTE: The lecture has been postponed! The special workshop on 19 June 2013 takes place with a changed agenda.

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, ICC and MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by email to office [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 5 afternoons 17-21 June 2013, 13:00-17:00. Invited speakers from international standardisation organisations will enrich the workshop programme and give a global perspective and the value of international standards.

The aim of the workshop on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding EU regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

Special workshop "Method Performance and Analytical Uncertainty" on 19 June 2013, 15:00-17:30: see the attached agenda.

 

2013-04-25:

As official conference supporters, ICC and MoniQA would like to invite you to the 17th edition of the EuroFoodChem, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, 7-10 May 2013, organised and chaired by the ICC National Delegate of Turkey and coopted MoniQA Supervisory Board Member, Prof. Hamit Köksel from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. The location has been chosen to reflect the role of Istanbul as a meeting point for East and West as the crossroads of different continents and cultures.

EuroFoodChem XVII is the latest in the series of flagship conferences organised by the Food Chemistry Division of EuCheMS and the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences.

The EuroFoodChem XVII Local Organising Committee is delighted to announce that there has been an overwhelming response to the conference with over 800 abstracts received from more than 80 countries.

Details including specific topics of the conference are available at www.eurofoodchemxvii.org.

 

2013-04-10:

A Regional Expert Advisory Working Group Meeting was held in Jahorina, Bosnia on: Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Control related to Aflatoxins in South Eastern Europe, 4th/5th April 2013.

The meeting was called upon by the Ministers of Agriculture of the Balkan region, which was recently affected by aflatoxins in maize and milk. The aflatoxin issue had also spread to West European trading partners. The meeting was organised by the South Eastern Europe Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group based in Skopje, Macedonia. Approximately 30 participants from Balkan countries attended the meeting. Two external experts, Frans Verstraete (European Commission, DG-SANCO, Brussels, Belgium) and Hans van Egmond (RIKILT Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands) were found to be available to attend the meeting, after an urgent call from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations through the Network of the MoniQA Association. The meeting resulted in recommendations that were immediately presented to the joint ministers to enable management decisions and adequate measures to resolve the aflatoxin problems in the Balkan region. The day after the meeting these recommendations were ratified at the political level.

The case shows how the MoniQA Association can successfully provide expertise from its members at short notice, in case of emerging food and feed safety issues.

A big Thank You to the two experts!

 

2013-04-07:

What started as a service open to HEALTHGRAIN Forum members only is now open to anyone with an interest in nutrition legislation with emphasis on EU regulations.

The Scientific & Regulatory Updates prepared by David Richardson, DPR Nutrition Limited, UK, and published by ICC Services GmbH, provide detailed information about legislative changes in the field of nutrition. The Updates, supported by legislative documents, provide detailed information about regulatory changes in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health which regulate health and nutrition claims in the EU; newly published EFSA scientific opinions; European Commission guidance documents, recommendations, and proposals for legislative changes; and regulatory changes at the level of the FAO and WHO.

To receive your Scientific & Regulatory Updates and any supporting documents, you need to subscribe and sign up at icc-gmbh [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at

The Scientific & Regulatory Updates appear 10 times per year. A yearly subscription per institution costs € 1,000 + VAT.

Download an example Scientific & Regulatory Update here.

 

2013-03-26:

The 2nd FOODSEG Symposium will be held in Bucharest, Romania from 14th to 15th of June 2013.

For further information please visit www.b2match.eu/foodseg2013.

 

2013-03-26:

The Conference is organized by MycoRed Consortium, coordinated by CNR ISPA - Institute of Sciences of Food Production of National Research Council, with the support of the ISM - International Society for Mycotoxicology, concluding an international cycle of successful conferences held in Austria, Malaysia, South Africa, Argentina and Canada in the past four years.

The conference is expected to be the largest meeting of researchers on mycotoxins globally in 2013! This appointment will be an opportunity to discuss on mycotoxins concerns and present the recent advances by research at global level, according to the attached preliminary programme.

Deadlines:

  • Final Registration: April 15, 2013
  • Final Programme: April 30, 2013
  • Hotel Reservation: April 30, 2013

 

2013-03-26:

The early bird registration for the EuroFoodChem XVII (www.eurofoodchemxvii.org) is over. Exclusively for MoniQA Association Members, the deadline for this registration at the reduced fee will be extended to end of next week (7th April 2013)! Additionally accommodation at the University guest house can be offered at lower rates. The number of available rooms is limited.

For registration, please get in contact with Ms Aysun Sahin (Arber): project [at] arber [dot] com [dot] tr

 

2013-03-20:

The Mycotoxin Summer Academy (MSA) from 1 - 12 July 2013 offered two subsequent one-week training courses. The first week provided an overview on the significance and properties of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi including their determination and characterization. The second week was dedicated to various aspects of liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS) especially for multi-analyte approaches to determine mycotoxins.

 

2013-03-06:

Some 200 participants from some 40 countries attended the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary. The main focus of the conference was "Food Safety under Global Pressure of Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises".

Emerging issues and the various aspects of the interrelation between food safety, food security, economy development and globalization were presented and discussed in some 80 oral presentations in 20 technical sessions and close to 80 posters. The 6 keynote speakers at the start and at the end of the conference embedded the conference topics in both a global picture of the current situation as well as gave an expert glimpse into the future. We were proud to have had the following keynote speakers with us:

  • Franz Fischler, president of the European Alpbach Forum and former European Union's Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Austria
    "Impacts of economic crises on food markets and how to make the food production sector sustainable"
  • Vish Prakash, Distinguished Scientist of CSIR - India, President ISNNAN, India
    "A sustainable nutrition security through a food security for health and wellness in developing countries by adaptable, accessible and affordable food technologies"
  • Eleonora Dupouy, Food Safety and Consumer Protection Officer Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, FAO, Hungary
    "Safe food supply in a globalized world: a sustainable development perspective"
  • Elke Anklam, Director, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Center, ISPRA, Italy
    "Emerging food safety risks and global trade"
  • Frans Verstraete, DG SANCO, Belgium
    "Regulating for emerging food safety concerns as regards mycotoxins and phytotoxins"
  • Dieter Brigitta, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Belgium
    "Horizon 2020 – Future Research for a Safe, Secure and Nutritious Food Supply"

In various pre-conference workshops, young scientists and professionals were able to get in-depth insight and training in various food safety management and risk communication aspects as well as hands-on training in food safety analytical methods. The Young Scientist Forum and a Best Poster Awarding session offered opportunities to present new and ongoing research work. MoniQA would like to congratulate the winners of the 3 Best Poster Awards: Olivia Csernus, Central Environmental and Food Science Research Institute, Hungary, Isabel Mafra, ICETA, Portugal and Ljiljia Torovic, Institute of Public Health of Vojvodina, Serbia which were sponsored by the organisers of the conference MoniQA Association (www.moniqa.org), based in Vienna, Austria, and Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary together with QAS Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, the official media partner of the conference.

The 5th MoniQA International Conference will be held in Porto, Portugal and will be organised by the MoniQA Association together with the MoniQA Association member ICETA - "Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares da Universidade do Porto".

We look forward to meeting you in Porto in 2015!

Prof. Dr. Roland E. Poms
Secretary General MoniQA Association

 

2013-01-23:

Make sure to use this unique opportunity and register for any of the exciting
pre-conference workshops on
Tuesday 26 February 2013 during your stay in Budapest!

01: Horizon 2020 - Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda
In this MoniQA and ICC organized workshop representatives from National contact Points (NCPs), Technology platform (Food for Life) and Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) will present ways of actively contributing to the H2020 European food safety research agenda and participants get the chance to present their cases and questions, share ideas with the experts and create the basis for their future involvement. Find more details under
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/download/horizon2020.

02: Quality Assurance aspects of mycotoxin testing
The organisers of this workshop, Trilogy Analytical Laboratory, introduced a proficiency testing scheme using reference materials 'Double Check' which is an excellent tool in the quality assurance process of mycotoxin analysis. In this workshop the use of this proficiency testing will be demonstrated. See
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/download/mycotoxintesting for more.

03: Risk Communication
The communication of the safety risks along the food production chain is an interactive process of exchange of information and opinion among risk assessors, risk managers, and other interested parties. During the workshop, eminent representatives of public organisations, research institutes and industry will present strategies and actions aimed to favour a constructive dialog among the stakeholders and to improve the correct delivery of the information about safety risks to the consumers. This workshop is organised by ISEKI Food Association (IFA) – please note that for this workshop an additional fee applies which includes one free year of IFA membership. Go to
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/download/riskcommunication to find more details and registration information.

04: Open debate on hot topics in food safety for the future
During this half day workshop which will be held in cooperation with the workshop "Horizon 2020 – Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda" representatives from the EU-funded network FOODSEG, workshop organizer, will present the results of the network´s working groups impacting topics on food quality and safety. The results of this workshop will be used in order to promote these topics to the European Commission, EFSA, Technology platforms and others.
Click here for more:
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/download/foodsafetyforthefuture

05: Demonstration training on food modelling tools for evaluation of the impact of microstructure on nutritional and sensory properties
The aim of the demonstration training is to disseminate the food modelling tools to the industry and to the food authorities. The training will cover explanation of the practical steps, practices and hints for the use of the models, warnings about typical traps and malpractices and will assist the knowledge transfer on the models at a national level. Workshop Organiser: Dream project. More workshop details under
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/download/foodmodellingtools

06: Young Scientist Forum
The Young Scientist Forum at the 4th International MoniQA Conference will provide an informal forum where young scientists get the opportunity to present their research in a 10 minute oral presentation and to discuss their results with other young and also with more experienced researchers from all over the world. Organised by BME and MoniQA young scientists. Visit
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/download/youngscientistforum for more.

Participation for the listed workshops except 03, Risk Communication, is included in the conference registration fee. If you wish to participate only in one or up to two workshops without a full conference registration, you must register online with a One Day Pass for the specific day at
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/registration.

To register for the specific workshops - if you have already registered for the conference itself, please contact Zsuzsanna Bugyi at BME (bugyi [at] mail [dot] bme [dot] hu).

OTHER CONFERENCE INFO:

You are also invited to attend the General Meeting of GHI - the Global Harmonization Initiative, taking place on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 from 16:00 till 18:00 (parallel to main conference sessions). This meeting has been planned to allow members of GHI and other participants in the MoniQA Conference who are interested in what GHI is doing, to give an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any issues that are considered important. A similar meeting had been organised during the IUFoST World Congress in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil in August last year. That meeting was very successful and productive, hence it was decided to repeat such meetings when there is an opportunity. Register by email with Irena Šoljić (irena [dot] soljic [at] gmail [dot] com).

Final countdown for exhibitors and sponsors - Reserve your exhibition space or arrange sponsoring at
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/sponsoring.

Book your room at the Conference Hotel at a special discounted rate:
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/accommodation.

Find the Programme and all conference details under
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org

Download the programme leaflet with the conference overview under
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/programme

 

2012-12-18:

14 December 2012, Wageningen

Wageningen Academic Publishers is pleased to announce the collaboration with ICC and MoniQA for publishing 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)'. This international journal was previously published by Wiley Blackwell. The journal will be published by Wageningen Academic Publishers starting in 2013 with Volume 5. The journal transfer will ensure further growth and continued delivery of high-quality content.

Mike Jacobs, Managing Director at Wageningen Academic Publishers, said, "We are delighted to add 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods' to our portfolio. It ties in nicely with the food and feed titles that we have published for years. It is our aim to use our experience in this topic and our personal approach to re-launch the journal. Together with our motivated editors we look forward to expanding the journal's reach and readership."

In the new setting Dr. Roland Poms (ICC) and Stanley Cauvain (BakeTran, UK), are the editors-in-chief. Both editors were already involved with 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods' before the transition.

Being asked for his opinion on the journal transfer, Roland Poms replied "The acquisition by Wageningen Academic Publishers is an exciting development in the life of QAS and I am convinced that this new collaboration with WAP will be most beneficial to the growing success of this international journal, which received ISI rating already in the first few years of its existence. QAS will perfectly complement the range of journal titles published by WAP and thus synergies in promotion of the journal and in increasing impact of the published articles will help strengthen QAS' position. As co-editor-in-chief I am looking forward to working with this energetic and enthusiastic team at WAP."

About 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods'

'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods' publishes papers from around the globe with the major focus on analytical tools for assuring quality and safety, traceability and authenticity, food security, and technologies associated with harvesting, storing, processing and manufacturing of cereals, crops and derived foods and feeds, refined products and ingredients. The scope of publications will also cover other disciplines related to food and feed quality and safety, such as legal requirements, regulations, socio-economic impact, globalisation and trade, international organisations and agreements. The journal is internationally recognised, indexed by ISI Web of Science, peer reviewed and supported by an international editorial board. For more information, please visit the website: www.wageningenacademic.com/qas.

About Wageningen Academic Publishers

Wageningen Academic Publishers is an independent publishing company in the field of Life Sciences. It publishes journals as well as books. Wageningen Academic Publishers is one of the few STM publishers that do not only offer the option of Open Access publishing for journals, but also for books. For more information, please refer to the website: www.wageningenacademic.com.

About ICC

ICC is the pre-eminent international association in the field of cereal science and technology, committed to international cooperation through the dissemination of knowledge, conducting research, and developing standard methods that contribute to improved food quality, food safety and food security for the health and well-being of all people.

About MoniQA

MoniQA (International Association for Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the Total Food Supply Chain) is an international and interdisciplinary network of professionals from institutions working in food research, regulatory bodies and trade, providing solutions to promote a safer and secure food supply worldwide. MoniQA facilitates international research collaborations to enable services and products for food safety & quality assurance, progress and validation of analytical methods, training and continuous professional development, consultancy and socio-economic impact assessment.

Media contact

E-mail: qas [at] wageningenacademic [dot] com
Phone: +31 317 476516

 

2012-12-09:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA, represented MoniQA and ICC at the Third International Conference "Grain Industry in the 21stCentury" in Moscow, Russia, 20-22 November 2012 organised by the Russian Grain Union together with the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, International Industrial Academy, International Grains Council, Grain and Feed Trade Association. The meeting attracted more than 200 representatives from 23 countries including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USA, UK, Argentina, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, and others. Roland Poms gave a presentation of ICC’s activities and its long standing link with Russia in the opening session of the conference, and a MoniQA endorsed speech on International Monitoring and Control Systems for Cereal and Food Safety and Quality during a technical session. A joint table top exhibition on behalf of ICC, MoniQA and Health Grain Forum provided up-to-date information on international developments in various grain and cereal products relevant areas. Additionally, Roland Poms was involved in various discussions about extending the membership base in Russia. To view the entire report and some pictures, please go to www.grun.ru/en/events/detail.php?SECTION_ID=233&ID=2295.

 

2012-12-06:

MoniQA is a broad and diverse network of partner organisations working in the area of food safety and quality management, method development and validation. One of MoniQA's services to its members and with this also one of the great advantages of being part of such a network is to facilitate participation at national and international research undertakings. Since its launch in September 2011, MoniQA has involved some 20 members in several research projects and/or proposals.

Currently MoniQA and its partners are involved in the preparation of 6 new projects.

 

2012-11-26:

Register now for the 3rd International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products and Beverages to be held in Vienna, Austria, 12-14 June 2013, at http://gf2013.icc.or.at/register.

An exciting conference programme has been developed and is available online at http://gf2013.icc.or.at/programme. The following keynote lectures and technical sessions are included in the programme:

  • Keynote lecture by Dr. Harald Vogelsang, Vienna General Hospital, Austria, on "Clinics and diagnosis of adult celiac disease and non CD gluten sensitivity"
  • Keynote lecture on "Special considerations regarding celiac disease in the pediatric population and experiences of an adolescent living with celiac disease" by Andreas and Paul Vecsei, St. Anna Children's Hospital, Austria
  • The Gluten-Free Diet
  • Searching of the limits – analytical aspects of gluten detection
  • Gluten-free food processing and products – new trends
  • Cereal foods I: Novel approaches towards healthier gluten-free bread and pasta products
  • Cereal foods II: Deeper insights in gluten-free baking and processing
  • Recent efforts in plant breeding for gluten-free raw materials
  • Traditional food processing of minor cereals- future use for gluten-free processing?
  • Cereal Foods III: And in the end of the day a beer – developments in gluten-free beer brewing
  • Podium discussion: Gluten-Free: State-of-the-Art and Future Needs

Attention potential sponsors and exhibitors: there is only limited space available to exhibit at the conference. Table tops will be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sign up today for your sponsoring package at http://gf2013.icc.or.at/sponsoring or for your table top exhibition at http://gf2013.icc.or.at/exhibitors.

Please mind also some satellite meetings taking place around the GF13:

  • 10-11 June 2013, at ICC Headquarters - ICC Governing Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
  • 11 June 2013, 14:00-18:00, at ICC Headquarters - ICC Technical Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
  • 13 June 2013, 14:00-18:00, at ICC Headquarters - MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Workshop (invitation may be obtained through MoniQA Association)
  • 17-21 June 2013, 14:00-18:00, at BOKU Vienna - Joint MoniQA/BOKU Workshop on Reference Material and Method Validation

For more details please go to the conference website at http://gf2013.icc.or.at.

We look forward to meeting you in Vienna!

Dr. Regine Schoenlechner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
Dr. Roland Ernest Poms, International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Vienna, Austria

On behalf of the GF13 Scientific Committee

 

2012-11-26:

Invited representatives from Standardisation Organisations around the globe will kick-off the discussion on priorities and main requirements for design, production and validation of Reference Materials for food allergen and gluten-free analysis. This first meeting is hosted by Trilogy Laboratories/R-Biopharm, one of MoniQA's members in Washington, Missouri, USA. The meeting's aim is to draft a first list of priority materials and to identify key points to be included in a potential future guidance document for the production of such materials. MoniQA will invite to a follow-up meeting to an extended discussion forum for MoniQA members and representatives of other invited research institutions/method providers/and regulatory agents in connection with the Gluten-Free Symposium in Vienna, Austria, 12-14 June 2013.

 

2012-11-15:

The CONffIDENCE Project invites the MoniQA colleagues to the final stakeholder workshop of CONFFIDENCE (www.conffidence.eu) that will take place in Brussels on 18 December 2012. For further information please click here: www.moniqa.org/events/conffidence_stakeholder_2012

 

2012-10-28:

The objective of the EU supported research project FRISBEE (Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumers’ Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimization along the cold chain in Europe) is to provide new tools, concepts and solutions for improving refrigeration technologies along the European food cold chain. At all stages the needs of consumer and European industry will be considered. Among the tasks of the project is to develop new innovative mathematical modeling tools that combine food quality and safety together with energy, environmental and economic aspects to predict and control food quality and safety in the cold chain.

In order to gain a greater insight into deviations between real cold chain data and targeted specifications, a web based platform for building a comprehensive Cold Chain database has been set up: http://www.frisbee-project.eu/coldchaindb.html

From your published work and research activities or your company's activities you have been identified as a potential contributor. As a contributor, you will have privileged access to the Cold Chain Database (by login and password) and the access to the database will be secured.

Your input will be valuable in updating and extending the already released First European Cold Chain Database which is serving as a valuable tool to people and organizations that like you have contributed and are involved in the Cold Chain as researchers or industrial players.

By contributing data in this platform (instructions are attached) you can also sign up for access to the Cold Chain Predictor software, a tool which allows you to run simulations and distribution scenarios (e.g. worst case scenario based on real cold chain data). The software also allows the user to analyze and determine the product quality status and shelf life of a food product at the different cold chain stages, using real data from the Cold Chain Database.

We appreciate how valuable your data is to your work and the effort that has been committed to collecting this data. With this database you can join forces and share data with other researchers and data holders.

We would like to thank you in advance for your input that will help in extending the First European Cold Chain Database, a valuable tool to people and organizations that have contributed and are involved in the Cold Chain.

If you need any further information please contact directly frisbee [at] chemeng [dot] ntua [dot] gr or Professor Petros Taoukis (taoukis [at] chemeng [dot] ntua [dot] gr), who is responsible for the data collection.

The Cold Chain Database has been constructed in order to develop a user friendly on line platform where collected data from all cold chain stages can be retrievable and available to be used from candidate users (consortium members, beneficiary members, industry and research institutes). One is able to retrieve time-temperature profiles of specific products along the cold chain using search criteria such as Stage/step of the cold chain, Food storage temperature range, Characterization of food, Food product etc.

As of September 2012 the Cold Chain Database consists of nearly 5000 time-temperature profiles and is being continuously updated with new data uploaded from an expanding network of contributors.

Cold Chain Predictor is a software tool designed by NTUA (National Technical University of Athens) and IRSTEA (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, former CEMAGREF) in the framework of FRISBEE project. The purpose of this tool is to reproduce a time/temperature history by simulating a cold chain. This tool is based on nearly 5000 time temperature profiles obtained for different food products along the European cold chain. The profiles have been contributed by FRISBEE consortium members, beneficiary members, industry and research institutes to the Cold Chain Database. The Database is being continuously updated (in a monthly basis) using the data that are being uploaded from all contributors in the Cold Chain Data Collection Platform.

You can find the User Instructions and Demo Videos presenting the Cold Chain Database and Cold Chain Predictor Software at http://www.frisbee-project.eu/coldchaindb.html by selecting the "Instructions and Demos" box.

 

2012-10-24:

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

In 2011, the fourth year of publication, the impact factor of QAS – the International Journal of Quality assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods has reached 0.624. It has grown from 0.444 from its first rating within one year.

QAS would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to our contributors and reviewers, it is with their help we have grown the journal in status and scientific quality. This includes an increase to 0.624 in our impact factor in 2011 with an IF ranking of 90 out of 128, considering our relatively junior status in the field of scientific journal publishing is a good start. “I hope that QAS and the material that you have provided have contributed in some small way to providing the ideas that we need to the challenges that we face in the food industry” , Stanley Cauvain, QAS Co-Editor in Chief, Managing Director and Founder of BakeTran, United Kingdom.

In early 2011 QAS – the International Journal of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (the official Journal of ICC and MoniQA), was selected for coverage in Thomson Reuters products and services. Since then the journal has been indexed and abstracted in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), the Journal Citation Reports (Science Edition) and Current Contents®. Coverage started with volume 1 (2009).

QAS - Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing scientific primary research papers and review papers in the areas of foods, crops, cereals, grains, food safety and quality, food security and food technology. QAS is published by Wiley-Blackwell with Stanley Cauvain and Roland Poms as the Joint Editors in Chief.

QAS publishes research papers from around the globe with the major focus on the research and developments of new analytical tools – methods and equipment – and the improvement of existing tools for assuring food quality and safety. It targets cereals, crops and other foods and feeds, refined products and ingredients; to ensure traceability and authenticity; to contribute to food security; and to describe the technologies associated with harvesting, storing, processing and manufacturing of crops and foods, feeds, ingredients and other refined products. The scope of publications will also cover other disciplines related to food and feed quality and safety, such as legal requirements, regulations, socio-economic impact, globalisation and trade, food security, international organisations and agreements.

To subscribe for QAS please go to www.icc.or.at/journal/qas.
To submit a paper please go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/qas.

 

2012-10-23:

Selected Wiley-Blackwell published papers including one paper QAS paper (“Short Communication: Some key emerging food safety issues”; Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 141-148) will be highlighted in a special eNewsletter. By this, QAS will benefit from increased readership.

 

2012-10-03:

The new MoniQA Annual Report 2012 is now available as pdf document for downloading. It highlights the achievements of the FP7 funded Network of Excellence from 2007 till 2012 and some of the new activities of the MoniQA Association established in 2011. Please find the link for downloading the report below in high and low resolution.

 

2012-10-03:

RTD Services in collaboration with EuroFIR organises a 3 day workshop-style seminar 'Successful planning and implementation of FP7 projects', which offers a training opportunity for researchers and research managers. The seminar combines theory, case studies and group work to provide both the “big picture” view and practical hands-on planning and implementation for FP7.The project development course will have a special focus on preparation for the upcoming and final KBBE deadline!

This seminar provides three compact, single day courses:

  • Project Development – from the call analysis through to full proposal preparation
  • Consortium Management – the specifics of managing an FP project
  • Dissemination and Exploitation – communicating science and managing IP 

Each one-day course can be booked individually with reduced rates for 2 and 3 day bookings. There is also a special rate for EuroFIR AISBL and MoniQA Association members.

For further information click here.

For registration, please contact Mrs Menouch Solimani at EuroFIR AISBL (secretariat [at] eurofir [dot] org).

 

2012-10-03:

“An interactive workshop on how to contribute to the European Food Research Agenda for Horizon 2020 and beyond - via KICs, the European Technology Platform (Food for Life) and the NCPs” 26th February 2013

During a half day workshop representatives from National Contact Points (NCPs), Technology Platform (Food for Life) and Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) will present ways of actively contributing to the H2020 European Food Safety Research Agenda at different levels. In interactive sessions, participants get the chance to present their cases, share ideas with the experts and create the basis for their future involvement.

A detailed programme of this pre-conference workshop will be available soon.

This event is linked to the 4th MoniQA International Conference “Food Safety under Global Pressure of Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises" In Budapest 26th February – 1st March 2013. The workshop will be held on the 26th of February, 09:00-12:00. The registration fee for this session is included in the registration fee for the main conference. Without main conference participation, a one-day-ticket must be purchased.

For the registration, please go to http://budapest2013.moniqa.org.

The session is organised by MoniQA and ICC and will be chaired by Rainer Svacinka, MSc. rainer [dot] svacinka [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at

 

2012-10-03:

The Workshop on “Rapid Methods for the Microbiological Analysis of Food” (in Bulgarian) organised by the University of Food Technology and MoniQA was successfully held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 19-21 September 2012. A mix of presenters from Universities, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and 8 different companies (such as Merck, Biosystems Ltd and Diamed Ltd) trained around 40 participants for 3 days. The feedback from the participants was enthusiastic and highlights the potential for further MoniQA trainings.

“Thank you” to the successful organisers at the University of Food Technology.

 

2012-10-03:

ICC, MoniQA and HealthGrain Forum were presented at the AACCI Annual Meeting 2012 in Hollywood, Florida, USA, 30 September - 3 October 2012, in a joint exhibition table top, in the poster session, and in oral presentations during the ICC Luncheon 2012. Roland Poms from ICC arranged for the dissemination activities and represented the three associations at the AACCI Annual Meeting 2012. The conference and exhibition counted some 1100 delegates and some 50 old and new friends of ICC enjoyed the traditional ICC Luncheon and an update on ICC activities.

ICC is looking forward to the next ICC Luncheon at the AACCI Annual Meeting 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 29 September - 2 October 2013.

Further info: www.aaccnet.org/meetings/annual/Pages/default.aspx

 

2012-10-03:

ICC and MoniQA were represented by Roland Poms at the latest meeting of the PWG (prolamin working group) in Leuven, Belgium, 20-22 September 2012, where new clinical research results were presented and food analytical challenges were discussed. Collaboration between the PWG, ICC and MoniQA was reaffirmed especially related to the design and potential production of a new reference material and in organising technical sessions at upcoming conferences, such as the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February – 1 March 2013 and the 3rd International Gluten Free Conference in Vienna, Austria, 12-14 June 2013.

 

2012-10-03:

Roland Poms represented MoniQA at the “11th Food Chemistry Meeting (11EQA)” in Portugal with a keynote speech on “International surveillance system for food safety”. Around 200 participants attended the event.

For further information on the event please go to http://www.spq.pt/eventos/11eqa/?setLn=en

 

2012-09-14:

The training is organised by University of Food Technology and MoniQA. It will take place at the University of Food Technology, Plovdiv and will be held in Bulgarian language.

 

2012-09-14:

ICC together with MoniQA and HEALTHGRAIN Forum will be present at the "AACC International Annual Meeting 2012" with a shared table top.

Further info: http://www.aaccnet.org/meetings/annual/Pages/default.aspx

 

2012-09-14:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of MoniQA and ICC, is holding a lecture on “Safety, Traceability and Authenticity”. For the detailed scientific programme and further information please go to:

http://www.spq.pt/eventos/11eqa/?setLn=en

 

2012-04-23:

New! For MoniQA Members only we compiled important documents under Privileged Information at www.moniqa.org/members/privileged_information. Currently this page contains the most recent discussion paper on EC KBBE Calls of Theme 2, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnologies , which is planned to be published in early summer 2012, a collection of free protocols and guidelines for method validation, MoniQA Career Centre - Jobs, Mobility and Exchange Grants, PhD Positions, Travel Bursaries, and past MoniQA Alerts. We appreciate your input, if you have information that you would like to share or if you are looking for relevant information that might be of interest to the network. Contact: roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at.


 

2012-04-23:

4th MoniQA International Conference, 26 February - 1 March 2013
Novotel Budapest Congress, Alkotas Utca 63-67, 1123 Budapest, Hungary

Food Safety under Global Pressure by Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises

Please register now at http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/registration.

Get a glimpse at the outstanding conference programme at
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/programme.

The following keynote speakers will contribute to the highly relevant conference themes:

  • Franz Fischler, former European Union's Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Austria: Impacts of Economic Crises on Food Markets and How to Make the Food Production Sector Sustainable.
  • Vish Prakash, Distinguished Scientist of CSIR - India, President ISNNAN, India: A Sustainable Nutrition Security through a Food Security for Health and Wellness in Developing Countries by Adaptable, Accessible and Affordable Food Technologies.
  • Eleonora Dupouy, Food Safety and Consumer Protection Officer Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, FAO, Hungary: Enhancing The Impact Of Agriculture On Food And Nutrition Security Under The Pressure Of Emerging Global Challenges.
  • Elke Anklam, Director, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Center, ISPRA, Italy: Emerging Food Safety Risks and Global Trade.
  • Frans Verstraete, DG SANCO, Belgium: Regulating For Emerging Food Safety Concerns As Regards Mycotoxins And Phytotoxins.
  • Dieter Brigitta, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Belgium: Horizon 2020 - Future Research for a Safe, Secure and Nutritious Food Supply.

Topical pre-conference workshops are offered for free to registered conference participants (http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/satellite_events):

  • Horizon 2020 - Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda
  • Quality Assurance aspects of mycotoxin testing
  • Risk Communication (additional fee applies)
  • Demonstration training on food modelling tools for evaluation of the impact of microstructure on nutritional and sensory properties
  • Open debate on hot topics in food safety for the future
  • Young Scientist Forum

Limited and exclusive, convenient and discounted travel and accommodation offers for conference participants are available at a first come first serve basis:

15% discount on all flights with Austrian Airlines, the Official Conference Carrier. Use your eVoucher code you receive upon registration to the conference and book your flight at www.austrian.com.

Pre-book your discounted taxi transfer service from any of the airports/train stations in Budapest, Vienna or Bratislava to the conference hotel at http://tshungary.com/moniqa.

Room and breakfast at an unbeatable price at the 4* Conference Hotel http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/accommodation. Novotel Budapest Congress offers best convenience, free wifi, great comfort, and after conference shopping, fitness and relaxation opportunities with a modern shopping mall next to the hotel, the hotel's own recreational amenities including an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility with the latest, modern equipment. Only a limited number of rooms have been blocked for this meeting until the end of 2012! Book now at a special discounted conference rate.

Become a sponsor at http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/sponsoring or reserve your exhibition space at
http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/registration.

Join our supporters: R-Biopharm, Shimadzu, Austrian AirlinesTrilogy Analytical Laboratory, TS Hungary, MoniQA Association, ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, BME – Budapest University of Technology and EconomicsIAM - Inter Agency Meeting, GHI - Global Harmonisation Initiative, IFA - ISEKI Food Association, CONffIDENCE Project, DREAM Project, TrackFast Project, FOODSEG Project, QAS - International Journal for Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, and others.

The 4th MoniQA International Conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 1 March 2013, continuing the successful series of MoniQA International Conferences (Rome-Italy 2008, Krakow - Poland 2010, Varna – Bulgaria 2011).

The theme of the conference will put various emerging and persistent food safety issues, and the relevant analytical and legal challenges in perspective of globalisation, climate change, food security and economic crises. These issues are drivers for new developments and new research initiatives in food safety assurance and food safety management worldwide, however economic crises and the volatility of food commodity prices put pressure on food safety assurance strategies especially in developing countries but also in international trade. According to the definition of "Food Security" by the WHO, it is a fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger and to consume safe and nutritious food. MoniQA recognises that climate change poses a severe challenge to people's food security and the safety of food due to emerging risks and the magnitude of food safety related incidents due to modern production practices and global mobility. Furthermore, climate change is a major framing condition for sustainable development of agriculture and food, and it will impact all aspects of our daily lives.

The conference traditionally attracts participants from research and technology organisations, regulatory circles, food industry and manufacturers, retail and food associations, method providers, media and consumer representatives. About 200 participants from some 35 countries are expected to attend the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest. New approaches and developments will be presented and discussed during the main conference in oral presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations. A wide range of relevant satellite workshops and a technical exhibition will give participants the opportunity to dig deeper in specific food safety subjects or get hands-on-experience in using various analytical and electronic tools relevant to food safety assurance. The talks will cover several food safety issues. The multi-disciplinary approach will give scientists, technicians, food manufacturers, policy makers and representatives from authorities and interest groups a profound insight in emerging food safety issues and associated challenges in risk management. Representatives from international organizations, such as FAO, IAEA, UNIDO, World Bank, and the European Commission, will put research results and scientific information in perspective of political and societal challenges for 2020 and beyond.

The conference is organised by the MoniQA Association http://www.moniqa.org/, based in Vienna, Austria, in cooperation with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary, http://english.www.bme.hu/. The international scientific committee comprised of key scientists in the field of food safety and related areas is a warrantor for an exciting and highly relevant programme. Furthermore several international consortia, research teams and projects will be represented at the conference and will use this event for disseminating new findings and present new food safety management tools. Conveniently scheduled just prior to the IAM (Inter-Agency-Meeting) and Codex Alimentarius CCMAS 2013, global networking will facilitate fruitful discussions and new cooperations.

We hope to see you in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February – 1 March 2013.

Dr. Roland Ernest Poms and Dr. Sandor Tömösközi
On behalf of the Organising Committee

 

2012-04-23:

Urgent! There is room for 2 additional international speakers in the Food Safety and Regulations Session at the 14th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress 2012 "Science and Technology Innovation for Healthy Cereals & Oils", Beijing, China, 6-9 August 2012 (www.ccoaonline.com/2012). The session is chaired by Prof. Meinolf Lindhauer, MBRI, Germany, and Bian Ke, ISO TC34, China. As the online abstract submission deadline is past, please submit your abstracts directly to roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at. Deadline: 30 April 2012.

 

2012-04-23:

MoniQA was organising a scientific session at the World Mycotoxin Forum "WMF meets IUPAC" Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 5-9 November 2012. The session included talks on MoniQA (Roland Poms, ICC, Austria), effects of processing on Deoxynivalenol and Zearalenone levels in wheat (Sine Yener, HCTU, Turkey), an international ring trial for multi-mycotoxin LC-MS-MS analyis (Michele Solfrizzo, ISPA-CNR, Italy), a socio-economic case study on mycotoxin levels in Turkey (Line Lindner, ICC, Austria), and matrix effects in mycotoxin determination by HPLC-MS (Alexandra Malachova, Institute of Chemical Technology, Czech Republic and BOKU Vienna, Department IFA-Tulln, Austria).

More info on the MoniQA Session and the Conference: http://www.wmfmeetsiupac.org/html/welcome.asp 

 

2012-04-23:

NEW! For MoniQA Members only we publish job and position openings and grants for senior and young researchers, managers, students, etc. in relevant fields of food safety and quality, food processing and product development, in the MoniQA Career Centre at http://www.moniqa.org/members/privileged_information/career_center.

1) Project Officer (full time) - PhD student post to work on the Development of Novel Disinfection Technologies for Fresh Produce (DiTec).

2) Travel bursary for attendance at IC-ANMBES 2012 (Analytical and Nano-analytical Methods for Biomedical and Environmental Sciences) organised by Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania.

3) 3-years Post-doc grant at the Research Unit of Food Technology at the Department of Food Science of the University of Teramo, Italy, on "Multi-factorial and multi-functional approach to study the physical, chemical and sensory stability of olive oil based o/w emulsions".

4) 2 Analytical experts for UNIDO HQ

 

2012-02-15:

Roland Poms, Secretary General of MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by 25 February 2012 by email to roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at. Participation for MoniQA members is free, no support for travel and accommodation is available. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 6 afternoons between 14:00-17:00 on February 27, 28, 29, and March 1, 8, 9).

The aim of the workshop on „Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance” is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

 

2012-02-15:

Bangkok, Thailand: First Joint MoniQA/BIOTEC/NSTDA/TU Workshop on “Effective Food Allergen Management”, 2-4 April 2012 at the NSTDA-BioTech Center Bangkok

MoniQA Association was invited to co-organise a workshop on “Effective Food Allergen Management” for Laboratories, Industry, Food Manufacturers, Authorities and Policy Makers in Bangkok, Thailand. Please see the programme at http://association.moniqa.org/workshops/allergen_bangkok_2012.

The theoretical part is limited to 50 participants, the practical laboratory exercise is limited to 30 participants. The practical lab exercise will include demonstration and hands-on use of ELISA and DipStick assays.

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