Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management, Rockville, MD, USA, 30 October – 1 November 2019

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We warmly invite you to attend the 3rd MoniQA International Symposium on “Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management”, in Rockville, MD, USA, 30 October – 1 November 2019, co-organised by MoniQA Association and US Pharmacopeia

This meeting will follow the great successes of previous symposia in this series in Bari, Italy in 2017 and Vienna, Austria in 2018

An exciting program with practical litigation cases, with strategies and methods for detecting and combating food fraud, are presented by renowned speakers from around the world. Join us in Rockville and meet the "Food Detectives" and get to know modern technologies that are looking for the "unknown" and learn about legal regulations and get practical advice for protecting your branded products, for correct food labeling, and ultimately to maintain consumer trust. The symposium program is currently being compiled, it will include speakers from Science and Innovation, from industry, public authorities, international organizations, law firms and food research institutions.

In addition to the traditional main topics related to food fraud prevention and effective food allergen management, the 3rd edition of this International Symposium will also focus on the Food Law, its implications for industry and food businesses in international trade, export and import liabilities, critical issues of food integrity and food safety related issues governed by national and international regulations and standards, impacts of international trade agreements. This symposium will address food authenticity, food fraud and the need for simple labeling as major drivers for both the food industry and companies involved in rapidly developing new analytical technologies, and putting available analytical tools in perspective of private standard requirements. While the food industry must adapt its programs addressing food safety and quality to meet the ever-changing regulatory and legal landscape, law firms specializing in food issues must also ensure their knowledge of these changes is up-to-date when defending the rights of consumers and/or food producers.

Programme MoniQA/USP Symposium:
Wednesday, 30 October 2019

  • Company Workshops
  • MoniQA Task Force on Food Authenticity (open meeting)
  • MoniQA Task Force on Food Allergen Reference Materials (open meeting)
  • MoniQA Supervisory Board Meeting (by invitation only)
  • Evening Welcome Reception

Thursday, 31 October 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Main Conference Session I – Food Authenticity

  • Technical session on food integrity, food authenticity, food fraud, food fraud databases, food profiling, food analysis and latest analytical innovations, reference materials.
  • Requirements of public standards for allergen management and food fraud prevention.

Main Conference Session II – Food Law

  • Technical session on food safety and the law, litigations, trade agreements, liability, brand protection, consumer protection, export and different national laws, digital certification and blockchain.
  • Conference Dinner (19:00-22:00)

Friday, 1 November 2019, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Main Conference Session III – Managing Food Allergens

  • Technical session on food allergens and labelling, food allergen management, gluten free, economic and food safety implications, analytical methods/challenges, reference materials.

Main Conference Session IV – Allergen Risk Mitigation

  • Different regulations, introducing different risk assessment tools for food producers, food vendors, authorities, and clinicians.
  • Food allergen management in practice.
  • Challenges with hand held devices for risk management by consumers, liability implications, recalls.
  • Summary and Farewell

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