On 17th – 18th October you will find me in Copenhagen for this really interesting sectoral meeting (Food Proteins Europe 2019), organized by CMT Events at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, and run in parallel with 4th Starch World Europe conference.
CMT is a company based in Singapore and with more than 35 years of experience in the sector. I have been their guests in Vienna for the 2nd Starch World Europe and I can tell you that the organization was 100% perfect and I never saw an entire sector at the same table discussing so proficiently.
Alternative proteins are experiencing significant growth with even the meat, dairy industry jumping into the bandwagon. But as companies like Tyson Food, Fonterra make investments into the alternative protein space, they recognize the reality is that overtime culinary expertise, the ability to make great-tasting food, matters more than science. Consumers are looking for ingredients with great texture and taste that meat brings, but also with no compromise.
This and may other topics will be touched during this 2 days conference. I will have the honor to chair the afternoon session in day 1, and I will present on day 2 about “Meat Sounding and Regulatory Developments in Labeling of Plant Based Food”.
Some of the speakers/topics listed:
- Jorgen Larsson, CEO, G. Larsson Starch Technology AB
- Jamie Fortescue, Managing Director Starch Europe, “Challenging Times for EU Starch Producers But Opportunities in the EU Bioeconomy and Protein Plans”
- Dirk Michael Fleck, Senior Advisor Biorefinery, Bühler AG, “How to close the protein gap by 2050 – Solutions in texturized vegetable protein (TVP), insect technology and pulses processing”
- Petr Mensik, Manager – EU Affairs, ECCO – The European Consulting Company, “EU Novel Food Regulation in Connection with New Protein Ingredients”
- Guillaume Daoulas, Head of Strategic Marketing, Ynsects, “Ÿnsect & insects : innovative and premium ingredients”
- Benjamina Bollag, Co-founder and CEO, HigherSteaks, “Growing Meat Products with State-of-the-Art Cell Culture Techniques”
- Susan L. Holdt, Secretary General, International Seaweed Association, “Extracting Proteins from Seaweed & Commercialising it for Food Applications”
- Christian Bartsch, CEO / Founder, Essento, “Establishing insect as a food – our success in Switzerland”
You can see the full program and register at the following LINK.
Meet you in Denmark!
This week on the EU RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we can find the following notifications:
1. Alerts followed by a recall from consumers:
- Allergens: undeclared egg in sauce powder from Norway, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Norway, distributed also to Iceland and Faeroe Islands;
- Allergens: undeclared sulphite, egg, milk ingredient, mustard and barley in tasty trio condiment selection from the United Kingdom, following an official control on the market. Notified by United Kingdom, distributed also to Ireland;
- Allergens: traces of shrimp in frozen strawberries from Morocco, manufactured in Belgium, following a consumer complaint. Notified by Finland, distributed also to Latvia and Lithuania;
- Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria monocytogenes (329 CFU/g) in basil pesto sauce from Italy, following an official control on the market. Notified by Germany.
2. Information for attention/for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:
3. Alerts followed by a withdrawal from the market:
- Allergens: undeclared sulphite (25; 32 mg/kg – ppm) in marinated mushrooms from Poland, following an official control on the market. Notified by Poland, distributed also to Ireland, Lithuania and United Kingdom;
- Allergens: undeclared soya (7.19 mg/kg – ppm) in canned meat pate from the Czech Republic, following an official control on the market. Notified by Slovakia, distributed also to Ireland and United Kingdom;
- Heavy metals: mercury (1.87 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen sliced swordfish from Portugal, following an official control on the market. Notified by Italy;
- Industrial contaminants: benzo(a)pyrene (5.9 µg/kg – ppb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (37.44 µg/kg – ppb) in sprats in oil from Latvia, following an official control on the market. Notified by Estonia;
- Labelling incorrect on gluten-free breadcrumbs and toast from Spain, following an official control on the market. Notified by Spain, distributed also to Portugal;
- Parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled tusk (Brosme brosme) fillets from France, with raw material from Norway, following an official control on the market. Notified by France.
5. Border rejections:
- acetamiprid (0.836 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
- aflatoxins (B1 = 1.9; Tot. = 4.5 / B1 = 33; Tot. = 36 / B1 = 22; Tot. = 23 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Bolivia
- aflatoxins (B1 = 54.3; Tot. = 98.6 / B1 = 39.6; Tot. = 70.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs, hazelnuts kernels (B1 = 13.9; Tot. = 48 µg/kg – ppb) and in pistachio kernels (B1 = 2.8; Tot. = 3 / B1 = 23.6; Tot. = 24.5 µg/kg – ppb) from Turkey
- aflatoxins (B1 = 19 µg/kg – ppb) in melon seeds from Togo
- aflatoxins (B1 = 3.14 / B1 = 2.56 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels and blanched groundnuts (B1 = 6.8 / B1 = 6.7 µg/kg – ppb) from Brazil
- aflatoxins (B1 = 49.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut halva from Ukraine
- aflatoxins (B1 = 6.4; Tot. = 27 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina
- attempt to illegally import (invalid health certificate) organic dried figs from Turkey
- bifenthrin (0.13 mg/kg – ppm) and unauthorised substances carbendazim (0.82 mg/kg – ppm) and chlorfenapyr (0.1 mg/kg – ppm) in green tea from China
- E 407 – carrageenan unauthorised in jelly mini cups from Malaysia
- FEED: improper health certificate(s) for dried pet food (chicken and rice and lamb flavor with rice) from South Africa
- fenitrothion (0.026 mg/kg – ppm) in olives in brine from Egypt
- FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (0.4; 0.6 mg/kg – ppm) from kitchen scissors from China
- FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of chromium (9; 0.5 mg/kg – ppm), of nickel (0.2 mg/kg – ppm) and of manganese (0.4 mg/kg – ppm) and too high level of overall migration (27 mg/dm²) from kitchen knives from China
- FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of formaldehyde (< 19 mg/kg – ppm) and of melamine (3.31; 6.61; 6.17 mg/kg – ppm) from melamine dinner plate from China
- FCM (Food Contact Materials): migration of manganese (0.120 mg/kg – ppm) from steel grill from China
- fosthiazate (0.047 mg/kg – ppm) in fresh sweet peppers from Turkey
- missing import declaration for frozen flatbread dough from Pakistan infested with moulds
- peanuts in shell from China infested with insects (Pyralidae(moths), cocoons, live pests and frass)
- poor temperature control (-11; -10; -14 °C) of frozen sardines (Sardina pilchardus) from Morocco
- Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparations from Argentina
- too high content of sulphite (2429 mg/kg – ppm) in dried apricots from Turkey