Vienna (7-8th June 2018) 2nd MoniQa Symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Allergen Management

In this moment I am travelling to Vienna to participate to this high level event on food fraud and allergen management. The 1st edition in Bari was a great success and I was honestly impressed by the high level of both networking and knowledge. This year I will focus on forensics, and especially on the legal value of data and on the role that new technologies – including blockchain – might have in producing more reliable and legally sounded data.

The Second International MoniQA Symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management, Vienna, Austria, 7-8 June 2018, 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. This meeting brings together international experts in the fields of food authenticity and food allergens, as well as various food industries, SMEs, research institutions, associations and regulatory bodies, all having a different stake in food safety.

An exciting programme 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 Vienna and get to know modern technologies that are looking for the “unknown” or to learn more about legal implications, protecting branded products, correct food labeling, and ultimately to maintain consumer trust. A special emphasis is given to food safety relevant issues and additionally to food allergen management.

For more information and to register please refer to

In case you will be there, please let me know at and join me for a coffee!

Speakers’ list:

Richard Cantrill, President, MoniQA Association, Canada (Chair)

Roland Poms, Secretary General, MoniQA Association, Austria (Co-Chair)

Adrian Rogers, Senior Research Scientist, Romer Labs UK, United Kingdom

Andrew CannavanLaboratory Head, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, Austria

Beatriz Torres Carrió, Senior Quality Assurance Manager, International Featured Standards (IFS), Germany       

Bert Popping, Managing Director and Co-owner, FOCOS, Germany

Cesare Varallo, Vice President – Business and Regulatory Affairs EU, INSCATECH, Italy

Clare Mills, Professor of Biological Sciences, Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

David Psomiadis, Head of Laboratory, Imprint Analytics, Austria

John O’Brian, Deputy Head, Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland

Karin Hoffmann-Sommergruber, Group Leader, Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Katharina Scherf, Research Group Leader, Leibniz-LSB, Technical University Munich, Germany 

Linda Monaci, Lead Scientist, ISPA-CNR, Italy

Michael Walker, Chair Strategic Food Surveillance Committee NI, LGC, United Kingdom

Paul Dewsbury, Vertical Marketing Manager – Food and Beverage, Thermo Fisher Scientific, United Kingdom

René Crevel, Director at René Crevel Consulting Limited, United Kingdom  

Riëtte van Laack, Director, Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara, P.C., USA

Ronald Niemeijer, Director Global Marketing Food & Feed Analysis, R-Biopharm, Germany

Sabine Baumgartner, Vice Rector, BOKU, Austria

Samuel Godefroy, Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Systems, Food Security, Laval University, Canada

Sigrid Haas-Lauterbach, Division Manager Food & Feed Analysis, R-Biopharm, Germany

Steven Gendel, Senior Science Manager – Food, United States Pharmacopeia (USP),  USA

Thomas Gude, Deputy Head, SQTS, Switzerland

Vienna 24th-25th October – Clean Label speech at Starch World Europe

On 24th and 25th October I will be in Vienna for Starch World Europe, a conference organised by CMT and endorsed by Starch Europe, leading trade association for the starch sector in EU.

I will be honored to chair the morning of October 24th and to give my speech about clean labeling meaning and legal issue in the same afternoon.

Here you can see the full program and register. The venue will be the charming NH Hotel Danube city, in the heart of Vienna.

Here below a short description of the main issues discussed, directly from the website.

“With the talks on TTIP still ongoing, EU negotiators have been warned of the potentially damaging impact of increased market access for US maize, starch and ethanol industry. For EU agriculture and those facing additional competition what could be done to improve the EU position and more relevantly, how will this affect EU Starch Industry ?

With EU sweetener production quotas due to be abolished in October 2017, the key question that is being asked is which sweetener will be best placed to meet EU demand. 

Lifting of quotas will also mean more opportunities for starch-based sweeteners with more competition from isoglucose made from corn or wheat.

It is predicted that isoglucose’s share of the EU sweetener market will rise from about 3.5 per cent to more than 10 per cent after 2017. 

With current trends focused on health and wellness, Clean Label Starches are gaining traction on a global level, More food manufacturers are increasingly swapping out chemical modified starches for label friendly alternatives.

Recently Beneo launched their native rice starch – Remypure with no chemical modifications. In June, Avebe also launched their clean label potato starch for meat applications while Ingredion continues to offer its broadest range of clean label starches to the market.

Still there is no clear definition on what constitutes clean label as it can mean different things to different consumers and food manufacturers.

GMO free? No chemical modification? organic certification and sourcing?”