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EFSA tenders planned in 2012

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.

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Job offers at UNIDO: 2 experts: one Analytical Chemist and one Microbiologist

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.

Free Registration for Members at EFSA-Austria-Norway Workshop at OECD

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

Call for speakers for the EFSA-Austria-Norway Workshop at OECD

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

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!

Press Release: Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe

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.

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MoniQA NoE web seminar on Allergen Management in the Food Industry

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.

MoniQA newsletter puts new Association in the spotlight

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

or download the pdf at

More information:

Previous newsletters are available at

MoniQA NoE publishes Mycotoxins Factsheet

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:

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Mycotoxins Working Group

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MoniQA FST "Determination of Fusarium toxins by HPLC, LC-MS/MS and rapid techniques"

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.

MoniQA International Conference highlights impact of food safety on consumers and hosts official launch of new MoniQA Association for global food safety

(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.

New Food Safety Association successfully launched – join now!

(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!


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.

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