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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.

 

2012-02-15:

Free Registration at the Joint IAM/MoniQA Workshop “Choosing the right laboratories for official control”, 4 March 2012, at Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel

There are limited places, free registration applies to Codex delegates, IAM members and one delegate per MoniQA member institution. For details please go to

http://association.moniqa.org/workshops/laboratory_control_budapest_2012

To register, please go directly to

http://association.moniqa.org/workshops/laboratory_control_budapest_2012/register

 

2012-02-15:

Budapest, Hungary:  Exclusive Sponsoring Opportunity for MoniQA and IAM members only! Starting with as little as € 200!

Starting with as little as € 200.-  sponsoring at the Joint IAM/MoniQA Workshop "Choosing the right laboratories for official control", 4 March 2012, at Ramada Plaza, in Budapest, Hungary, is exclusively offered to the members of IAM and MoniQA Association only. Due to the end of the EU funding of MoniQA the organizers welcome sponsoring of the event (to be used for coffee breaks, venue, etc…) starting as low as € 200.- (any higher sponsoring amounts are also welcome!). There is room for promotion materials of sponsors to be made available to the usually 80-120 participants from about 50-60 countries. Sign up as a sponsor by contacting roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at, more details on the workshop are at

http://association.moniqa.org/workshops/laboratory_control_budapest_2012

 

2012-02-15:

EFSA publishes calls for tenders for all its procurement needs – services, goods, works or for the purchase or rental of a building.

Calls for tenders planned for launch in 2012 under EFSA‘s Annual Work Programme for Science Procurement Projects have been published on 8 February 2012. Several topics are relevant to food safety, food security and nutrition.

For details use the following link: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/procurement/tenders.htm

 

2012-02-15:

UNIDO, with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, is looking for an analytical chemist and a microbiology expert in the fisheries sector. The chemistry expert must have experience in AAS as well as in LCMSMS / GCMS methods. The microbiologist expert must have experience in Real Time PCR and other standard methods applicable in the fisheries sector.

The aim of the assignments is to guide the analysts of the Bangladesh FIQC in getting accreditation for these methods.

Interested? – Then please contact Karl Schebesta, Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO  HQ, VIC, P-O. Box 300, 1400 Vienna, Austria, Tel: +43 1 26026 3490, Fax: +43 1 21346 3490; k [dot] schebesta [at] unido [dot] org.

 

2012-02-15:

Free Registration at EFSA-Austria-Norway Workshop at OECD on “Key Allergens and Compositional Analysis in the Allergenicity Assessment of Genetically Modified Plants”, 21 March 2012, Paris, France

Invited speakers from the prestigious MoniQA Network of Excellence are involved in the EFSA Workshop on allergenicity assessment of GM plants. MoniQA Association Members are offered free registration at this workshop. A limited number of places are available and thus the organizer may not be able to accommodate all registrations.

The Final Programme and the Registration Form are available at

http://association.moniqa.org/workshops/efsa_allergen_paris_2012.

 

2012-02-15:

Call for speakers for the EFSA-Austria-Norway Workshop at OECD on “Key Allergens and Compositional Analysis in the Allergenicity Assessment of Genetically Modified Plants”, 21 March 2012, Paris, France

MoniQA was asked by the organizers to propose speakers for two topics to be presented at the EFSA Allergenicity Workshop in Paris

http://association.moniqa.org/workshops/efsa_allergen_paris_2012:

1) Biological variation of allergen concentration in (crop) plants (possibly also covering the issue of existing databases of plant allergen concentration)

2) Perspective of the food industry on allergenicity testing (introducing a perspective broader than GMO allergenicty testing)

Proposals may be sent to roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at or directly to Dr. Armin Spoek at spoek [at] ifz [dot] tugraz [dot] at no later than 16 February 2012!

 

2012-02-15:

Brussels, 13 February 2012 – The European Commission has today adopted a strategy to shift the European economy towards greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources. With the world population approaching 9 billion by 2050 and natural resources finite, Europe needs renewable biological resources for secure and healthy food and feed, as well as for materials, energy, and other products. The Commission's strategy and action plan, “Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe”, outlines a coherent, cross-sectoral and inter-disciplinary approach to the issue. The goal is a more innovative and low-emissions economy, reconciling demands for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food security, and the sustainable use of renewable biological resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring biodiversity and environmental protection. The plan therefore focuses on three key aspects: developing new technologies and processes for the bioeconomy; developing markets and competitiveness in bioeconomy sectors; and pushing policymakers and stakeholders to work more closely together.

More info: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/124&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

 

2011-12-22:

Allergen Management is an important issue regarding the saftey of food. Labelling of allergens as ingredients is mandatory since severals years. However, cross contamination of allergens to “allergen-free” products cause still problems in the industry. The webinar will demonstrate the main important steps in the organisation to manage allergens and the cross contamination. Participants will get a 10 step overview to improve their allergen management after the seminar. Questions may be addressed during or after the seminar.

Date Begin: 
Thursday, 19. January 2012

Time: 10:30 CET (duration 1,5 h)
Language: English
Organiser:
FIS - Europe
Teacher
: Dr. Sylvia Pfaff

to register go to: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/150563982

 

 

2011-11-30:

The MoniQA NoE has just published its final newsletter which focuses on the MoniQA Association, the successor entity to the EU funded Network of Excellence.  You can read the newsletter online at

http://www.moniqa.eu/newsletters/4.2/newsletter.html

or download the pdf at

http://www.moniqa.eu/newsletters/4.2/MoniQA-Newsletter-Issue4-2.pdf

More information:

Previous newsletters are available at

http://www.moniqa.eu/newsletter

 

2011-11-09:

Mycotoxins are small (low-molecular weight) secondary metabolites (products of metabolism not essential for survival), produced by some filamentous fungi and often found in food. Chemically-diverse, they can cause disease and death to man and livestock. Adverse effects include tissue damage, immuno-suppression and neurological disorders following short- (acute) or long-term (chronic) exposure. In many countries, mycotoxin contamination is addressed by legislation. Successful management of mycotoxins is, however, effected thorough knowledge of their cause and implementation of appropriate control mechanisms, which are verified through use of reliable sampling and robust analytical methods. European Union Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) data suggest that harmonisation of mycotoxin detection methods would improve compliance at regulatory and commercial limits.

Further Information on the MoniQA NoE Website:

Download the factsheet

Mycotoxins Working Group

More factsheets

 

2011-10-20:

The workshop, organised within the framework of the MoniQA Network of Excellence, offers a broad view on Fusarium mycotoxins in cereals and derived products. It covers overview on natural toxins, major mycotoxins and relevant toxigenic fungi, updated information on risks and regulations related to mycotoxins, various methodologies for mycotoxin analyses and method validation protocols of analyses by the experts of the mycotoxin field.

Laboratory applications for the analysis of deoxynivalenol (DON) and fumonisins in maize, extruded maize, wheat and pasta will be performed using both immunoaffinity clean-up methods and fast analysis methods. Participants will deal with sample extraction, clean up and identification of mycotoxins in cereal matrix extracts using HPLC techniques as well as with analysis by rapid test kits such as ELISA and lateral flow device. An LC-MS/MS method for simultaneous multi-toxin analysis will also be evaluated as a new approach in mycotoxin analyses.

The practical part of the four day training is open for 16 participants, and the participants will do the experiments in 4 groups (4 people in each group). This workshop is designed especially for people who want to develop skills in mycotoxin analyses and to gain experience on the validation of analytical methods which might help in selecting the right method.

Date Begin: 
Tuesday, 25. October 2011
Date End: 
Friday, 28. October 2011

Location: Ankara, Turkey

For more information and to sign up please visit the corresponding page at the MoniQA NoE website: 

http://www.moniqa.eu/node/2209

 

2011-10-12:

(Vienna, October 12, 2011) The 3rd MoniQA International Conference (September 27-29, Varna, Bulgaria) brought together more than 150 participants from around the globe to discuss food safety issues and their impact on the consumer. The event also hosted the official launch event of the MoniQA Association, a non-profit-distributing organisation dedicated to collaborative research promoting a more secure and safer food supply.

The 3rd MoniQA International Conference, held in Varna, Bulgaria (September 27-29, 2011) brought together more than 150 international stakeholders from research, industry, authorities and consumer representatives to discuss “food safety and consumer protection”. Sessions focused on risk, understanding and choice, food safety, food security and climate change, socio-economic impact of food safety regulations, allergens, emerging issues in food (such as nanotechnology) chemical contaminants and mycotoxins, research undertaken by young MoniQA scientists and food safety education curricula around the globe; all under the umbrella of the impact on consumers.

The conference also hosted the official launch event of the new MoniQA Association, a non-profit-distributing organisation dedicated to collaborative research promoting a more secure and safer food supply, which will continue the activities of the project. In early August 2011 the association was incorporated as a non profit association (a so-called “Verein”) under Austrian law. Since then, most of the partners of the distributing original MoniQA Network of Excellence consortium (2007-2012) have joined the MoniQA Association and several new members have joined the Association prior to its first MoniQA Association General Assembly, which took place in Varna on 29 September 2011. To date nearly 40 institutions from 18 countries from 5 continents have become members of the MoniQA Association.

The 3rd MoniQA International Conference featured a wide array of speakers from food safety researchers, socio-economists, regulators, representatives from food industry and retail as well as consumer representatives from around the globe.  The event follows up on earlier, highly-successful MoniQA Conferences in Rome (2008) and Krakow (2010) with inter- and cross-disciplinary activities bridging the concerns of citizens, food science and the European economy.

The conference included table-top sessions with hands-on demonstration showcasing MoniQA activities and results. A poster session highlighted selected scientific research, with a poster award ceremony at the closing ceremony of the conference. The poster prizes were awarded to: (1st) Sine Yener (HCTU, TR) for Evaluation of a commercial ELISA assay for the detection of yellow mustard in food matrices and performance characteristics; (2nd) Dorota Piasecka-Kwiatkowska (NFNI, PL) for Gluten contents in beer and consumer awareness in Poland; and (3rd) Chen Jinyao (SCU, CN) for The status and challenges of toxicological evaluation of several Chinese herbs.

Other EU-funded projects, such as Veg-i-Trade, also contributed to the scientific content of the conference. 

More information:

Slides and conference pictures are available on the conference website at http://varna2011.moniqa.org/

For more information about the new MoniQA Association please visit http://association.moniqa.org/

 

2011-09-05:

(Vienna, 5 September 2011) The EU funded MoniQA project is a very successful Network of Excellence which involves experts from around the globe working for safer foods by harmonising worldwide food quality and safety monitoring and control strategies. With EU funding ending on 31 January 2012, the work will continue through the newly set-up MoniQA Association, membership of which is open to all organisations with a commitment to food safety and security. 

The MoniQA Association is dedicated to international collaboration and research aimed at promoting a more secure and safer food supply, its activities include:

  • Promoting the harmonisation of analytical approaches involved in food safety and quality
  • Improving the knowledge-based bio economy through participation in relevant research programmes and facilitating bilateral/ multinational research collaboration agreements
  • Providing the infrastructure for and establishing an international network for inter-laboratory validation trials for analytical methods and reference materials
  • Disseminating and providing access to validated and robust data and information for food safety through, for example, online databases
  • Sharing expertise and understanding through training courses, scientific conferences and symposia, international exchanges of researchers, technologists, engineers etc, expert consultancy,
  • Publication especially but not exclusively through Quality Assurance of Crops & Food, which is jointly offered by ICC, the MoniQA Association and Wiley-Blackwell

The Next Generation - Join Now!

Already over two thirds of the original consortium of 33 members and several MoniQA associate members have joined and we are delighted to invite all interested stakeholders to participate in our growing community as well (membership fee: 1000 € / year)  If you are interested in becoming a member, visit http://association.moniqa.org/.

Membership includes the following benefits:

  • Access to new expertise
  • Insight into new markets
  • Networking and interest representation
  • Training and CPD
  • Robust and validated information

We look forward to welcoming you becoming part of the next MoniQA Generation!

 

Dr. Roland E.Poms                                                                                        Dr. Anton J. Alldrick                     

MoniQA Association General Secretary                               MoniQA Association Interim President                                  

                                                               Mag. Daniel Spichtinger

                                               MoniQA Association Interim Vice-President        

 

Questions and comments?

Please contact Daniel Spichtinger at spichtinger [at] rtd-services [dot] com

Tel:  +43 1 3231000 -14  

 

2011-05-27:

The MoniQA Association is an international group of organisations dedicated to collaborative research aimed at promoting a more secure and safer food supply. Benefits for you include access to new expertise, insight into new markets, networking and interest representation, training and CPP and robust and validated information. The association is registered according to Austrian law.

For more information click on "about" and  to join click here.

At a glance

Please find attached the most important documents about the MoniQA Association for download (PDF format).

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