Invitation to the next MoniQA Task Force Meetings

25 January 2017, 14:00-17:30 CET, in Bari, Italy

Location: ISPA-Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 BARI, Italy

Contact organizer: roland [dot] poms [at] moniqa [dot] org OR mobile +43 6765516636

Local contact: linda [dot] monaci [at] ispa [dot] cnr [dot] it OR mobile +39 3471765786

Invited: MoniQA Members, Task Force and Committee Members, Speakers and Sponsors of the Bari Symposium

We would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming MoniQA Task Force Meeting. This time two task forces will meet in parallel:

1) Food Allergen Reference Materials, chaired by Roland Poms

2) Food Authenticity and Food Fraud Prevedntion, chaired by Richard Cantrill

If you are interested in participating in any of the two task forces or if you think that a colleague of yours should participate, please confirm your participation and/or acquire an invitation by return email to roland [dot] poms [at] moniqa [dot] org and marion [dot] forgash [at] moniqa [dot] org at your earliest convenience and no later than 10 January 2017 and indicating the respective task force of interest to you. Please mind the deadline in order for us to prepare the meeting rooms according to the size of the groups.

An agenda for each meeting will be provided in due time. Please find some preliminary items below. You may also propose additional or new agenda items or express your ideas of interest. Please find also a symposium leaflet attached for your reference and for your use to further disseminate the event.

Preliminary agenda items

Food Allergen Reference Materials:

  • Milk Allergen Control Materials: production and confectioning completed, product facts, results of validation study, publication, price/sales/distribution, requirements to become an official distributor
  • Status of the new gluten standard
  • Next target allergens and AOAC-ISPAM collaboration: soy, egg, …
  • iFAAM EU Project main outcomes: harmonizing reporting units, peanut validation study, tool box
  • New project proposals

Food Authenticity -  Food Fraud Prevention:

  • Gaps and needs: Existing initiatives and running projects, emerging challenges, brainstorming gaps and needs – what can MoniQA do to help?
  • Guidance on developing non-targeted methods: collaboration with US Pharmacopeia
  • Databases, harmonization, validation of non-targeted methods – third party benefits?
  • New project proposals

Some additional information on the symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management  26-27 January 2017:

Conference website:
Meet the speakers at
Posters: Submit your abstract (max. 300 words) before 15 December 2016 to
bari [at] moniqa [dot] org (bari [at] moniqa [dot] org)! (only a limited number of posters can still be accepted for presentation at the symposium)
Register now and secure your registration (MoniQA Members enjoy a substantial discount):
Meet the sponsors at
Make your hotel booking at

Conference Secretariat:

Marion Forgash
MoniQA Association
Werner-von-Siemens-Strasse 1, A-7343 Neutal, Austria
bari [at] moniqa [dot] org or +43 676 5516636.

We hope to see you in Bari in Southern Italy soon. For any questions, please feel free to contact us.

With best regards
Dr. Roland Poms, Secretary General/CEO

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