ICC, the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, would like to invite you to attend the International Symposium on Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods, to be held on 24-25 April 2014, in Vienna, Austria, and/or to submit a paper for oral or poster presentation. BOKU - the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna will be the host of this 1.5 day event, which will attract some 120 participants from around the globe providing up-to-date information in the area of bioactives research on health benefits and food uses, innovative processes and product development, market opportunities and added value specialty products from around the globe. Renown speakers from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa will give in-depth insight in this booming area of research and development.
This symposium will be beneficial for dieticians and nutritionists, health conscious consumers, food businesses, food manufacturers, food scientists and food developers, policy makers from the agricultural and health sectors, providers of food grade ingredients and plant food supplements.
MoniQA, the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology would like to invite you to attend the Workshop "Effective Mycotoxin Management" taking place at the Thailand Science Park, Tha Khlong, Pathum Thani / Bangkok, Thailand on 11-12 December 2013.
The objectives of the workshop are
to look at the current situation of mycotoxin contamination and impacts on food security globally and specifically in Thailand and South East Asia
to review regulations of mycotoxins in food and feed industries both in Thailand and globally,
to review current methods for mycotoxins detections and get some hands-on experience using detection kits,
and to get insight in mycotoxin risk analysis and mitigation strategies to control contaminations.
MoniQA and Thammast University would like to invite you to attend the workshop
"Allergen-free Food: Market Opportunity and Process Control Plans for Food Manufacturer" taking place at the Bangkok Cha-da Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand from 17-18 December 2013.
To provide current market situations of allergen-free foods
To review the basics of food allergens
To be aware of regulations and allergen-free labeling
To transfer knowledge of strategies and management of food allergen
To learn analytical methods and verification techniques of allergen and allergen assay test kits
Rationale and Background:
Allergen-free food market is a global rapid-growing segment. The largest share of allergen-free food product value sales comes from North America and Europe. Analysts estimated annual growth rate of allergen-free food market in the US. being more than 10% and product sales in the year 2018 being more than US$ 6.2 billion. The fast growing market of allergen-free food is due to not only an increase in numbers of food allergy individuals but also allergen-free food has been considered to be healthy food.
Foods identified as allergens are wheat, milk, egg, peanut, soybean, fish, seafood, sesame and tree nuts. These foods are common ingredients in many food products. To produce allergen-free food products, food manufacturers have to be aware of types of allergens, control plan for processing, cross contamination possibly occurring during processing, detection methods for allergens and regulations including allergen-free labeling.
On 19 November 2013 the EU-research project MYCOSPEC was launched with the participation of SMEs of the cereal industry and research centers.
MYCOSPEC project, coordinated by IRIS, Castelldefels, Spain, aims to develop an innovative system to detect mycotoxins, toxins produced by fungi that infest food crops and processed foods. Food contaminated with mycotoxins can cause both acute and long-term illness. The high potential danger of mycotoxins to humans and livestock forces to have strict regulatory controls and makes foodstuff buyers to increasingly demand more rigorous and timely food safety testing.
It is time again to renew your ICC Membership and benefit from ICC's international forum and a variety of activities and services (see also www.icc.or.at/membership/overview). If your country/institution/company is not a member of ICC yet, please contact office [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at to receive details and information what is in for you. A short summary presentation about ICC's main activities in 2013 and eminent future plans can be found at www.icc.or.at/news/renew_icc_membership/icc_in_2013.
FOODSCAN Project Consortium Partners met in Athens between 30 September - 2 October 2013 in order to summarise the development activities of the past 6 months, which led to the perfection of the final FOODSCAN prototype. Testing of FOODSCAN devices for pesticide residue detection sensitivity were performed and results were presented in the frame of a Technical Workshop.
There is growing interest in Asian countries to increase consumption of whole grain (whole wheat, whole rice, and others) in the general population. The introduction of Western diets to Asian populations has not only been a blessing to public health, as also an increase of various health risks can be observed. Roland Poms from ICC was invited to give an introduction to the European situation on whole grain consumption and various interventions and campaigns. He was also asked to talk about the Health Grain Forum's activities in this area. Some 220 nutritionists and food scientist from all over Taiwan attended the one day workshop on 3 November 2013 at Hung Kuang University in Taichung, the third largest city in Taiwan. The workshop dealt with the "Nutritional and Practical Aspects of Whole Grain". There was consensus on the urgent need to harmonize the definition of whole grain as a pre-requisite to speak a common language in research, clinical and intervention studies, as well as labelling regulations. The Health Grain Forum and AACCI definitions are a good basis for definitions in other countries around the globe. It is the scientists' responsibility to come up with clear and simple messages that can be adopted by policy makers and implemented by industry. Harmonization and clarity of whole grain definitions and labels – as well as potentially associated claims – will help minimize confusion for the consumer and will support advocacy for a healthy diet including whole grain.
ICC, as partner of the PlantLIBRA consortium would like to invite interested laboratories and stakeholders to participate in an international network of laboratories capable of providing reliable high quality analytical data on plant and botanical preparations and/or to identify chemical and biological contaminants and/or assess irradiation treatment.
The ISEKI_Food network, through the ISEKI_FOOD 4 project, supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus programme, in collaboration with the ISEKI-Food Association is organising the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference to be held in Athens, Greece, May 21-23, 2014.
The general aims of the ISEKI_Food conference series are to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.
This conference will be focused on Food Science and Technology for a Bioeconomy 2020. Among a wide number of conference topics, the re-thinking of education in terms of strategies and methods for higher education and continual professional development, the most recent research innovations and emergent requirements, and developments and needs for an industry sustainable food supply, will be on top of the agenda. Several pre-conference events are also included and organized: The final session of the pilot "Summer School" for teachers in Food Science & Technology, and two workshops on European PhD research and involvement and role of industry.
We look forward to welcoming you to Athens in 2014.
Brazil, represented by Fernanda Siqueira, Granotec do Brasil S.A.
India, represented by Mr. Ajit Kumar, NIFTEM - National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management
New Zealand, represented by Dr. Charles Brennan, Lincoln University
ICC welcomes its newest Country Members complementing to the global reach of ICC's collaboration partners and international expertise. Considering persistent and emerging issues concerning globalization, food security, food safety, disparity in knowledgebase and wealth distribution, a global approach to solving these issues locally is of great importance. With its longstanding and trusted expertise in managing and supporting research, innovation, training and dissemination activities, ICC membership offers a whole range benefits and access points to third party funded research projects, method development and standardization, workshop and training opportunities and discounts on conferences and publications.
What started as a service open to HEALTHGRAIN Forum members only is now open to anyone with an interest in nutrition legislation with emphasis on EU regulations.
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It is a great honor to act as the new President of ICC for 2013-2014. I am very honoured, but I also measure all responsibility of this task in difficult times ahead. Indeed the world is facing at least four main challenges:
A food challenge to satisfy the quantitative and qualitative food needs of the growing world population.
An environmental challenge to deal with the deterioration of our natural resources, the loss of biodiversity, and global warming.
An energy challenge with the gradual depletion of fossil fuels and the generalisation of energy consumption patterns over the world.
A social challenge to cope with unequal standards of living and levels of development in the world.
Cereal grains, as the basis of our diet and our civilisations, are the first to be affected by these trends. Only a global approach is able to answer to these systemic challenges. Accordingly, the role of ICC, the world organization in the science and technology of cereal products, will become more and more crucial. Already central in terms of international collaboration and of standardization, ICC's activities have to be widened to mobilize all new ideas and energies to find new ways to prepare the expected breakthroughs in research and innovation. This will be pursued by strengthening the international collaboration and by a larger mobilization of resources and skills.