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 NOV-DEC 2016

FOCUS ON FOOD SAFETY

EVENT REPORT

4th Asia-Pacific International Food Safety Conference & 7th Asian Conference on Food and Nutrition Safety
October 11-13, 2016, St. Giles Wembley Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

 
As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) enters its next phase of integration with the establishment of the ASEAN Community on December 31, 2015, food safety remains a high priority and this has been reflected in the elevation of food safety to become one of the four major health clusters under the ASEAN Post-2015 Health Development Agenda.  Recognizing the important placed upon food safety within the region, ILSI Southeast Asia Region together with the Southeast Asia Association for Food Protection (SEA AFP), and in collaboration with the Food Safety and Quality Division (FSQD), Ministry of Health, Malaysia, and the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), organized the 4th Asia-Pacific International Food Safety Conference & 7th Asian Conference on Food and Nutrition Safety from October 11-13, 2016 in Penang, Malaysia. The theme of the conference was appropriately titled "Advancing Food Safety in the ASEAN Community" and covered a wide range of emerging food safety topics. The conference was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Health of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Dr. Hilmi Bin Haji Yahaya, and brought together more than 400 participants across the Asia Pacific region. Two pre-conference workshops were also organized in conjunction with the conference, focusing on training on requirements for US Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls for Human Food, as well as sharing information from the International Commission for Microbiological Specifications in Food (ICMSF) Book 8: Microbiological Testing in Food Safety Management. The presentations from the conference can be viewed on the ILSI Southeast Asia Region website here.

EVENT UPDATES

Collaboration between ILSI and IAFP in North America and Europe

 
ILSI has had a long history of collaboration with IAFP, as both are organizations with international reach that focus on science and food safety. Continuing in this tradition, ILSI North America recently supported several symposium sessions during the 2016 IAFP Annual Meeting that was held in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Topics covered  by the symposium sessions include "Cyanotoxins in the Water Supply and Potential Food Safety Ripple Effects", "A Debate: Current Perspectives in Food Safety", "The Rise of the Genomes: Improving Health Through Better Food Quality and Food Safety" and "How Do I Validate That? Assuring Credibility of Non-Thermal and Novel Thermal Controls for Microbiological Hazards". The recorded presentation videos and slides from these sessions can be accessed from the ILSI North America website here.    

Across the Atlantic, ILSI Europe will serve as the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the upcoming 2017 IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety that will be held at the Square in Brussels, Belgium. An wide range of important food safety topics have already been proposed for the Symposium and call for abstracts for presentation are currently still open and can be submitted here.    

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NEWS & RESEARCH

Food Allergies

 
Food allergies are increasingly becoming recognized as an important public health concern across different countries and regions around the world. Identifying the need for a global response to address this issue, the Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence Platform of University Laval in Canada launched the First Asia Pacific Food Allergen Management Workshop during the 2016 China International Food Safety & Quality Conference that was held in Shanghai, China from November 2-3, 2016. The workshop brought together scientists, researchers, food regulators, food industry representatives, representatives from the clinical community and service providers to raise awareness and share best practices about the management of food allergens. Following the success of the workshop, a second workshop is being planned in conjunction with the 2nd Food Allergen Management Symposium (FAMS2017) that will be held from May 21-24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

More recently, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published the report from a consensus study entitled "Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Treatment, Prevention, Management and Public Policy", which critically examines the underlying scientific evidence related to the prevalence, origins, diagnosis, prevent and management of food allergies, and provides recommendations to policy makers, the food industry and other stakeholders in addressing food allergy challenges. The background for this activity and the final report of the study, which was partially supported by ILSI North America, can be found here.       


Mycotoxins


Mycotoxins are a persistent food safety problem, especially for countries with tropical climates that are conducive for mycotoxin-producing moulds to grow such as in Southeast Asia. Addressing this food safety problem, the ASEAN Risk Assessment Centre (ARAC) recently held its 1st Scientific Panel Meeting on "Risk Assessment on Total Aflatoxins and Aflatoxin B1 through the Consumption of Peanut and Corn" at the ARAC Secretariat office in Putrajaya, Malaysia from October 26-27, 2016. The Panel discussed issues relating to approaches for the risk assessment based on the risk question and currently available data, as well as the proposed workplan and timeline for the completion of the risk assessment and the format of the final risk assessment report.

At the joint meeting of the 9th World Mycotoxin Forum and the XIVth IUPAC International Symposium on Mycotoxins that was held from June 6-9, 2016 in Winnipeg, Canada, ILSI North America also sponsored a session on "Risk-Based Assessment of Mycotoxins Mitigation". Recorded videos from the session and the joint meeting program can be accessed from the ILSI North America website here.

The ILSI Europe Process-Related Compounds and Natural Toxins Task Force and IAFP also jointly organized a webinar on "Mycotoxin Prevention and Control: Food Processing Mitigation Strategies" on November 29, 2016. The webinar shared some of the outcomes and findings from the paper by Karlovsky et al. (2016) that was developed through the work of the Task Force. The abstracts from the webinar can be accessed here and the recorded presentations will be uploaded shortly.

Finally, ILSI Southeast Asia Region will be supporting the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) 5th Outreach Program on Food Safety and Mycotoxins, which will be held from January 19-20, 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Details about the IUMS Outreach Program can be found here.
 

Whole Genome Sequencing and Food Safety


The use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) technology for various food safety applications is becoming increasingly common, such as for outbreak investigations and source tracking.

Given the high importance of WGS in relation to food safety, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published a Technical Background Paper on the Application of Whole Genome Sequencing in Food Safety Management. The Technical Background Paper discusses some of the applications for WGS in food safety management, including its pros and cons, as well as challenges in relation to utilizing it in regulatory frameworks, particularly among developing countries. The Technical Background Paper is available here. A Technical Meeting on the Impact of Whole Genome Sequencing for Food Safety Management was also held on May 23-25, 2016, in Rome, Italy, where the report was shared. The Meeting was held in conjunction with the 9th Meeting of the Global Microbial Identifier (GMI), which is an initiative to develop a harmonized global database for WGS data on microorganisms to support public health research and applications. Details and presentations from the FAO Technical Meeting can be found here.  

ILSI North America has also been actively facilitating discussions on WGS and food safety, through its "Rise of the Genomes" series at the IAFP Annual Meetings in 2014, 2015 and 2016. ILSI North America also supported a speaker, Dr. Peter Gerner-Smidt from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), to the 4th Asia-Pacific International Food Safety Conference that was recently organized by ILSI Southeast Asia Region.

Most recently, ILSI Europe Microbiological Food Safety Task Force launched a new activity on "Next Generation Sequencing (NGS): Translation into Practice", which is also being participated by ILSI Southeast Asia Region and ILSI Japan. ILSI Europe supported a Workshop on "Next Generation Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) - Integration of Omics Data into Risk Assessment", during the last IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety that was held from May 13-14, 2016, in Athens, Greece. Presentation videos from the Workshop are available here.

ILSI SEA REGION'S EVENTS-AT-A-GLANCE

November 28-29, 2016
National Workshop on Food Composition Database
Jakarta, Indonesia

December 6, 2016
Mini Symposium on Sarcopenia and Frailty – Assessment, Prevalence and Prevention
Singapore

www.ilsisea-region.org



January 20-25, 2017
2017 ILSI Annual Meeting
La Jolla, California, USA
www.ilsi.org


April 2017
ILSI SEA Region Annual Meeting 2017
Singapore (TBC)

2nd Quarter 2017
Forum on Risk Analysis in ASEAN (By Invitation) 
KL, Malaysia 


2nd - 3rd Quarter 2017
Seminar on Diabetes - Science and Prevention  
Singapore (TBC) 

2nd Quarter 2017
Seminar on Drives of Consumer Food Choices
Bangkok, Thailand



2nd - 3rd Quarter 2017
Seminar on Re-assessing Macronutrients Need – Quality, Requirement and Optimal Distribution 
Thailand (TBC)

2nd - 3rd Quarter 2017
2nd Workshop on ASEAN Food Composition Database
TBC

2nd - 3rd Quarter 2017
Seminar and Workshop on Food Consumption Survey Methodologies
TBC

October 15-20, 2017
IUNS 21st International Congress of Nutrition (ICN)  
Buenos Aires, Argentina

http://icn2017.com/

3rd - 4th Quarter 2017
Seminar on Food Fortification  
TBC

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