Bari (26-27th Jan 2017) – Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management

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MoniQA Association is organizing a two-day-symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management targeted toward the food industry/ food manufacturers, food production auditors and representatives from the regulatory environment.

This workshop will be especially suitable for SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) and fulfilling CPD (Continuous Professional Development) requirements. The workshop will give practical, scientific and legal background information, insight in innovative approaches, newly developed tools and recently introduced analytical methods to combat food fraud and improve food allergen management. These new developments will be linked to real case studies and learnings from recent incidents. Learnings from stakeholder viewpoints, such as food manufacturers, food laboratories, food analytical methods providers, auditors, risk assessors, lawyers, trainers/teachers, media and communicators, regulatory bodies and policy makers shall complement the scientific programme and stimulate open discussion.

The symposium will be co-organised with CNR-ISPA (a MoniQA Founder Member, since 2007) in Bari, Italy.

On 26th January I will be most pleased to give a speech at the event above mentioned, about a very intriguing topic: A food recall pending? Balancing brand reputation and social responsibility“.

It will be a great opportunity to put together both the topic of the symposium (frauds and allergens), together with other interesting ideas about communication, crisis management and the importance of transparency in such circumstances.

At the end of the day an high level roundtable will follow.

You can learn more about the event on the website, or download the full program here.

On 25th, the event will be preceded by the following experts’ meetings:

Wednesday, 25 January 2017:

14:00 – 18:00 Task Force Meeting: Food Allergen Reference Materials (new incurred materials for milk, egg, and, gluten-analysis, results of validation studies, next steps and forthcoming additional reference materials)

14:00 – 18:00 Task Force Initiative: Food Fraud Prevention (identifying gaps and needs, what can MoniQA contribute? How can industry/SMEs benefit more from such projects/initiatives? How can we improve the technology transfer?

Below you can find a list of the selected speakers:

Food Fraud Prevention – selected speakers:

  • Michael Walker, Referee Analyst in the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, LGC, UK: Food detectives: what it takes to trace food fraud;
  • Cesare Varallo, Food lawyer and regulatory specialist, INSCATECH, Italy: A food recall pending? Balancing brand reputation and social responsibility;
  • Jeff Moore, Director, Science-Food Standards, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), USA: Information tools and approaches for identifying and mitigating food fraud risks in the supply
  • Karen Everstine, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), USA: Advances in systems based approaches to food fraud mitigation
  • Alain Maquet, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission, Belgium: Challenges to authenticate organically produced food by using analytical tools.
  • Bert Popping, Chief Scientific Officer, Corporate Food Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation, France: Food Fraud Combat: Novel approaches, from single analyte methods to non-targeted approaches
  • Jingyi Li Blank, Director, Mintz Group, Hong Kong: Background checks as a tool against food fraud
  • Richard Cantrill, American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), USA: Challenges in assuring the authenticity of edible oils
  • Tullia Gallina Toschi, University of Bologna, Coordinator of the OLEUM Project, Italy: Analytical strategies for assuring authenticity and quality of olive oil at global scale: the OLEUM project
  • Marco Arlorio, Università del Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”, Italy: Artificial intelligence and data mining as functional solutions for the untargeted methods in food traceability/authenticity: the Food Integrity Project, WP18
  • Vincenzo Lippolis, CNR-ISPA Bari, Italy: Rapid non-targeted methods to fight food frauds
  • Michal Godula, Thermo Fisher, Italy: Resolving the food authenticity challenges – using advanved isotopic ratio and Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry tools in practice
  • David Psomiadis, Imprint Analytics, Austria: Developments in food authenticity testing by the use of stable isotope analysis: Modernizing a traditional method for commercial purposes on testing geographic origin of food and naturalness of food ingredients.
  • Valeria Terzi, Genomics Research Centre, CREA-GPG, Fiorenzuola d’Arda, Italy: DNA markers to defend authenticity and safety in small grain cereals chains.
  • Kezban Candogan, Department of Food Engineering, Ankara University, Turkey: Detection of Adulteration in Meats: Species Identification of Raw Meat Mixtures Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.

Effective Food Allergen Management – Selected speakers (titles are still tentative):

  • Luigi Macchia, MD, PhD, University of Bari – Aldo Moro, School and Chair of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Italy: Food allergy of the Mediterranean Diet
  • Clare Mills, University of Manchester, Coordinator of the iFAAM Project, UK: iFAAM – integrated food allergy and allergen management
  • Samuel Godefroy, Laval University, Canada: Food allergen labelling from a risk assessment and regulatory perspective.
  • Robin Sherlock (tbc), DTS FACTA, Australia: VITAL 2.0 – how industry benefits from food allergen management support tools
  • Industry representative (tbc), Food allergen management in a food manufacturing environment despite the absence of threshold levels
  • Luca Bucchini, Food allergen recalls: what can we learn?
  • Melanie Downs, FARRP – Food Allergy Research & Resource Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA: Development and Validation of Effective Food Allergen Control Plans
  • Daniel Imhof, Head Official Food Control Authority Brunnen, Switzerland: The Swiss model of collaboration between industry and authorities by applying food allergen action limits
  • Consumer representative: allergen labelling and pre-cautionary labelling – wish list
  • Linda Monaci, ISPA-CNR, Italy: Methods of analysis – are we any better now than 10 years ago?
  • Roland Poms, MoniQA Association, Austria: Food allergen reference materials and their impact on more reliable analytical results
  • Marco Gobetti, University of Bari, Italy: Meeting the needs of celiac and gluten-sensitive consumers
  • Katharina Scherf, German Research Centre for Food Chemistry, Leibniz Institute, Germany: Gluten – a special case
  • Ronald Niemeijer, R-Biopharm, Germany: Rapid methods in food allergen management

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Food Supplement Regulation of China – Vitamins and Minerals list compared to EU

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Thanks as usual to my guest writer KUN HOU (kunhou2016@gmail.com) for the valuable insights of China. This comparative article will be most useful to many readers.

Regulations concerning the nutrients used as ingredients of food supplements are under constant change and revision in China.

CFDA put forward its first official positive list of vitamins and minerals that might be present in food supplements in the beginning of 2016.

The list has not come into force yet and it is slightly different from the current rules which were brought into effect in 2005 by then SFDA.

Before the list is legally introduced, let’s look at first how the rules for vitamins and minerals differ between China and EU presently. It will help international food supplements manufacturers gain a clearer clue on Chinese regulation and avoid pitfalls when exporting vitamin and minerals supplements to China.

Vitamins and Minerals in General

Name CN EU
Minerals Ca Calcium
Mg Magnesium
K Potassium
Fe Iron
Zn Zinc
Se Selenium
Cr3+ Chromium
Cu Copper
Mn Mangnese
Mo Molybdenum
Lodine
Sodium
Fluoride
Chloride
Phosphorus
Vitamins Retinol Equivalent(Vitamin A or Vitamin A+b-Carotene) Vitamin A
Vitamin C Vitamin C
Vitamin D Vitamin D
Vitamin E Vitamin E
Vitamin k Vitamin k
Vitamin B1 Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2 Vitamin B2
Vitamin PP Niacin Niacin
Niacinamide
Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12
Folic acid Folic acid
Pantothenic acid Pantothenic acid
Biotin Biotin
b-Carotene
Choline

 

Mineral Substances

Name CN EU
Ca Calcium carbonate Calcium carbonate
Calcium chloride Calcium chloride
Calcium gluconate Calcium gluconate
Calcium lactate Calcium lactate
Calcium glycerol phosphate Calcium glycerophosphate
Calcium malata
Calcium monophosphate
(Calcium phosphate,Secondary)
Calcium phosphate,monobasic
(Calcium phosphate,Primary)
Calcium phosphates
Calcium sulfate
CalciumLascorbate
Calcium acetate
Calcium caseinate
Calcium citrate
Calcium citrate malate
Calcium salts of citric acid
Calcium salts of orthophosphoric acid
Calcium hydroxide
Calcium oxide

 

 

Name CN EU
Mg Magnesium carbonate Magnesium carbonate
Magnesium chloride Magnesium chloride
Magnesium gluconate Magnesium gluconate
Magnesium lactate Magnesium lactate
Magnesium glycerol phosphate Magnesium glycerophosphate
Magnesium citrate
Magnesium phosphate,dibasic
Magnesium phosphates
  Magnesium acetate
Magnesium salts of citric acid
Magnesium salts of orthophosphoric acid
Magnesium hydroxide
Magnesium oxide
Magnesium sulphate

 

 

Name CN EU
Fe Ferric carbonate Ferrous carbonate
Ferrous citrate Ferrous citrate
Ferrous fumarate Ferrous fumarate
Ferrous gluconate Ferrous gluconate
Ferrous sulfate Ferrous sulphate
Ferrous lactate Ferrous lactate
Ferric pyrophosphate Ferric diphosphate (ferric pyrophosphate)
Ferric ammonium citrate
Ferric chloride
Ferric citrate
Heme iron(Ferrous porphyrin)
Hemin (ferriheme)
Ferrous succinate
Ferric ammonium citrate
Ferric sodium diphosphate  
Ferric saccharate
Elemental iron (carbonyl+electrolytic+hydrogen reduced)

 

 

 

 

 

Name CN EU
Copper Copper carbonate Cupric carbonate
Copper citrate Cupric citrate
Copper gluconate Cupric gluconate
Copper sulfate Cupric sulphate
Copper lysine complex

 

 

Name CN EU
Potassium Potassium carbonate Potassium carbonate
Potassium chloride Potassium chloride
Potassium citrate Potassium citrate
Potassium gluconate Potassium gluconate
Potassium lactate Potassium lactate
Potassium glycerol phosphate Potassium glycerophosphate
Potassium phosphate dibasic  
Potassium Sulphate
Potassium iodide
Potassium iodate
Potassium bicarbonate
Potassium hydroxide
Potassium salts of orthophosphoric acid
Potassium fluoride

 

 

Name CN EU
Zinc Zinc acetate Zinc acetate
Zinc carbonate Zinc carbonate
Zinc chloride Zinc chloride
Zinc citrate Zinc citrate
Zinc gluconate Zinc gluconate
Zinc lactate Zinc lactate
Zinc sulfate Zinc sulphate
Zinc oxide Zinc oxide

 

 

 

Name CN EU
Manganese Manganese sulphate Manganese sulphate
Manganese gluconate Manganese gluconate
Manganese chloride Manganese chloride
Manganese citrate Manganese citrate
Manganese glycerol phosphate Manganese glycerophosphate
Manganese carbonate

 

 

Name CN EU
Chromium Chromium trichloride Chromium (III) chloride
Chromium nicotinate
Chromium picolinate
Chromium yeast
Chromium (III) sulphate

 

 

 

Name CN EU
Molybdenum Ammonium Molybdate Ammonium molybdate (molybdenum (VI))
Sodium Molybdate Dihydrate Sodium molybdate (molybdenum (VI))

 

 

 

Name CN EU
Selenium Sodium selenate Sodium selenate
Sodium selenite Sodium selenite
Selenium carrageenan  
Selenium cysteine
Seleniumrich yeast
Selenomethionine
Sodium hydrogen selenite

 

Vitamin Substances

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN A All trans Retinol Retinol
Vitamin A acetate Retinyl acetate
Retinyl palmitate Retinyl palmitate
All trans beta—Carotene Beta-carotene

 

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN D Vitamin D2 Ergocalciferol
Vitamin D3 Cholecalciferol

 

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN E D—alpha—tocopherol D-alpha-tocopherol
DL—alpha—tocopherol DL-alpha-tocopherol
DL—alpha tocopheryl acetate D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate
D—alpha—tocopheryl acid succinate D-alpha-tocopheryl acid succinate
Mixed tocopherols  
Dalphatocopheryl acetate
DL-alpha-tocopheryl acetate

 

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN K Vitamin K1(Phytonadione)  
Vitamin K2(Menaquinones)
  Phylloquinone (phytomenadione)

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN B1 Thiamin hydrochloride Thiamin hydrochloride
  Thiamin mononitrate Thiamin mononitrate

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN B2 Riboflavin Riboflavin
Riboflavin—5’—phosphate,sodium Riboflavin 5’-phosphate, sodium

 

 

 

Name CN EU
NIACIN Nicotinic acid Nicotinic acid
Nicotinamide Nicotinamide

 

 

Name CN EU
PANTOTHENIC ACID D—pantothenate,sodium D-pantothenate, sodium
D—pantothenate,calcium D-pantothenate, calcium
Pantothenic Acid
Calcium pantothenate
Dpanthenol
  Dexpanthenol

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN B6 Pyridoxine hydrochloride Pyridoxine hydrochloride
  Pyridoxine 5’—phosphate Pyridoxine 5’-phosphate

 

 

Name CN EU
FOLIC ACID Pteroylmonoglutamic acid (Folic Acid) Pteroylmonoglutamic acid

 

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN B12 Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) Cyanocobalamin
  Hydroxocobalamin Hydroxocobalamin

 

Name CN EU
BIOTIN D—biotin D-biotin

 

Name CN EU
VITAMIN C L—ascorbic acid L-ascorbic acid
  Calcium—L—ascorbate Calcium-L-ascorbate
  Potassium—L—ascorbate Potassium-L-ascorbate
  Sodium—L—ascorbate Sodium-L-ascorbate
  Ascorbyl palmitate
  L-ascorbyl 6-palmitate