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PRESS RELEASE: QAS Special Issue "Food Chemistry and Safety", including selected papers from the EuroFoodChem XVII, Istanbul, Turkey

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.

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PRESS RELEASE: Safe use of botanicals in food supplements - Final EU Project Conference in Vienna

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.

Report from the Joint MoniQA/IAM Workshop for Codex Alimentarius (CCMAS) "Sampling Uncertainty"

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.

Renew your Membership in MoniQA now! Not a member yet? Here are some reasons to consider

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

Two new MoniQA workshop videos available: "Method Performance" and "Analytical Uncertainty"

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:

Free of charge: 2 Webinars (Multi-Mycotoxin Analysis/Multi-Allergen Detection) offered by MoniQA

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!

ICC Services GmbH publishes Scientific & Regulatory Updates

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.

Free Workshop: Introduction to food allergen management (in Italian), Rome, Italy, 7 February 2017

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)

Report 27 September 2016: Kick-off event for MoniQA Association’s new offices in Neutal, Austria

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.

Kick-off event for MoniQA Association’s new location


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.

First testing trial for MoniQA’s Milk Allergen Quality Control Testing Material nearly completed

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.

MoniQA invites to the 4th International ISEKI_Food 2016 Conference in Vienna

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/

Report: Workshop on Application of Food Allergen Management Tools, Geel, Belgium

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:

MoniQA invites to the 1st Food Chemistry Conference in Amsterdam

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.

MoniQA’s involvement in submissions of EU project proposals 2016

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)

RICHFIELDS Stakeholder Platform Meeting, 2nd June 2016, Penta Hotel (Brussels, BE)

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.

Deadline for abstracts approaching (30-04-2016): Postgraduate Symposium on Food Fraud 2016 on 23-24 June 2016, Wageningen, the Netherlands

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.

Meet MoniQA at the 4th International ISEKI-Food Conference in Vienna, 6-8 July 2016

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:

MoniQA would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Successful New Year!

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

PlantLIBRA conference on: Quality of Plants for Food Supplements, 11th July 2013, Vienna (AT)

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

Welcome to the newly elected MoniQA Supervisory Board

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.

Report from Info Day on Horizon 2020, Brussels, 17 January 2014

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.

Last chance to submit your abstract for the 5th MoniQA International Conference: "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits, Innovative Technologies for Food Quality and Safety Management", 16-18 September 2015, Porto, Portugal

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

Meet MoniQA at the next C&E Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, 27-29 April 2015

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!

5th MoniQA International Conference: "Food and Health - Risks and Benefits", 16-18 September 2015, Porto, Portugal

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

International Conference on Food Contaminants 2015 (ICFC 2015), 13-14 April 2015, Lisbon, Portugal: Challenges in Chemical Mixtures

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!

MoniQA Board Election 2015

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.

EU Project Management & Science Communication Workshop, 17-21 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium

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.

CODA-CERVA 2014 multi-mycotoxin proficiency test (PT)

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.

MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Meeting, 7 September 2014, Boca Raton (Florida), United States

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).

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