Save the date! The Future of Food Safety – 6th MoniQA International Conference (9-11th November 2020 – Rome)

Built on our successful previous conferences “The Future of Food Safety” we will further develop the themes launched by the two FAO/WHO conferences “The First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference ADDIS ABABA, 12–13 February 2019” https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/resources/draft-programme-addis-…(link is external) and “International Forum on Food Safety and Trade 23–24 APRIL 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND” https://www.who.int/foodsafety/events/programme-geneva.pdf(link is external) .

With the aim of ”Transforming Knowledge into Action for People, Economies and the Environment”, the two UN-sponsored conferences discussed new challenges and new opportunities in food safety implicated by the changing food systems.

“Ongoing changes in climate, global food production and supply systems affect consumers, industry and the planet itself: food safety systems need to keep pace with these changes. The burden of unsafe food disproportionally affects vulnerable and marginalized people and poses sustainability and development challenges. Despite the growing recognition of the fundamental role food safety plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the main objectives of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, efforts to strengthen food safety systems remain fragmented and the gains, particularly in many developing countries, have been well below expectations.”   

The 6th MoniQA International Conference plans to take these themes and invite participation from a broader forum including:

  • Research and technology institutions,
  • Governmental and non-governmental organisations,
  • Regulatory bodies,
  • Food lawyers,
  • Food industry and manufacturers,
  • Retail and food associations,
  • Method providers,
  • Media and consumer representatives.

Around the main conference with oral presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations, satellite workshops and a technical exhibition will give participants the opportunity to dig deeper into specific food safety subjects or get hands-on experience of new analytical and electronic tools relevant to today’s food safety assurance. This multi-disciplinary approach will give all participants a profound insight in emerging food safety issues and the associated challenges in risk management. Representatives from international organizations, such as FAO, IAEA, WHO, UNIDO, World Bank, and the European Commission, will place research results and scientific information in the context of political and societal challenges for the 2020’s and beyond. Furthermore, several international consortia, research teams and projects will use this event to announce new findings and reveal new food safety management tools.

The conference is organised by the MoniQA Association (https://www.moniqa.org/), in cooperation with other international organisations. The international scientific committee of key scientists in the field of food safety and related areas anticipates an exciting and highly relevant programme.

See more at: https://foodsafetyrome2020.moniqa.org/

We hope to see you in Rome, Italy, 9-11 November 2020!

On behalf of the Organising Committee

Bert Popping (President) and Roland Ernest Poms (Secretary General)

Frutarom Health BU Builds Innovation on Four Foundations

Frutarom Switzerland Ltd., Health BU Switzerland, is making a strategic move in the global nutraceutical and functional food market to better address customers’ needs. The strategy is based on four critical foundations: innovation, natural ingredients, research and responsible sustainability.

“We made significant investments in the last year to improve our plants in Switzerland and North Bergen, N.J., to provide high-quality, sustainable natural ingredients,” says Holger Riemensperger, General Manager of Frutarom Health BU. “We also sponsored several clinical research trials on specific nutraceuticals, plus our R&D team developed several innovative ingredients intended for world-wide launch this year. We are attentive to our customers’ needs and seek for smart ingredient solution to address specific health conditions and market trends in functional food and supplements.”

Frutarom will publish during 2014 research results for several clinical studies covering the health benefits of:

* Neuravena® – patented wild green oat extract for cognitive health

* Pelargonium® – a natural root extract for immune health

* LinumLife® – flax lignan ingredient for men health

* Go-Less®- a proprietary blend of extracts to support bladder wellness

Frutarom Health BU will continue developing new studies to carry on the reinforcement of the comprehensive proprietary scientific data, which remain the core driver for Frutarom Health BU. Science is key to prove product efficacy and push new products through future health regulations, which appear to become more and more rigorous.

Research and continuous innovation, led by market knowledge and business understanding are one of the key success factors of Frutarom Health BU. The development and launch of innovative natural-based ingredients will be very important this year with several new ingredients in the pipeline.

“Frutarom intends to launch from five to seven proprietary natural ingredients in 2014, and boost health and sales growth among existing and new customers,” adds Riemensperger. “We also intend to expand the market of our nutraceuticals to pharmaceutical companies and so are in the process of attaining the highest pharmaceutical certifications.”