Monday, 27 June 2022

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Analytical methods for food allergens: open issues

Why this event   Undeclared food allergens are among the most frequent cause of food recalls and alerts. Food industries invest quite a lot of resources to assess and manage the risk of allergens, still, incidents happen. In 2021 Affidia hosted a panel to discuss with several experts the whole topic (the video of the event is available at https://affidiajournal.com/en/food-allergen-risk-management-breaching-the-gap). This time we are going to focus on the analytical issues, considering that it is unlikely that the regulatory scenario will change soon. Several international institutions or think tanks published even recently new guidelines about the management of food allergen risk (WHO, ILSI), bu [...]

Rapid methods for onsite detection of mycotoxins

Why this event Since many years ago, the risk of contamination of food and  feed by mycotoxins has been reduced by careful control of raw  materials. Rapid methods played a key role in this. There are  many products on the market. Products are not only fast, but  also accurate enough, so… is everything fine?  Actually, it is unclear, considering this topic is often neglected in scientific  conferences. The few presentations about test kits are by the producers, almost  never by independent experts. This is why Affidia decided to do the opposite: we will give the floor to those that everyday control grains and milk to avoid consumers and animals could be expose [...]

Mycotoxins EU regulations: are the limits too strict, too weak, or just fine?

The contamination of food and feed with mycotoxins is a global threat to food safety and has great public health and economic significance. The EU has regulated most mycotoxins in some way since 2006 and all Food Business Operators (FBOs) must guarantee their products are compliant with the regulatory limits. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is continuously updating its risk assessment to advise the EU Commission about the need for new limits and/or changes to the existing limits.   Because the occurrence of mycotoxin contamination is very high, the job of FBOs is not easy and the costs associated with mycotoxins risk management are extensive. Mycotoxin contamination risk is very weather [...]

Mycotoxins in the Food Chain

The contamination of food and feed with mycotoxins is a global threat to food safety and has great public health and economic significance.     Affidia - The Journal of Food Diagnostics is offering a two-day event: a workshop with totally independent content!       ✗ webinar ✓ online workshop – great content that goes the extra mile  Totally independent – ZERO sponsor presentations, 100% independent contents  Know what to expect – presentations and materials will be available before the event  Be active – send your questions in advance  Recorded video – if you miss the live event visit affidiajournal.com and watch it o [...]

Food Allergen Risk Management: Breaching the Gap

Topics: 1) Severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis – data for frequency and source or place of reaction (packaged food, catering, take-away food, home cooking, private parties) 2)  Analytical power and reliability in food allergen risk management decision-making  3)  Challenges in the food businesses (food manufacturing, restaurants, catering) and the efficacy of food allergen risk management: best practices and biggest threats according to auditors  Panel discussion and conclusions: Where are the gaps? Where should future efforts focus? Are better regulations (thresholds) the answer? Can food businesses improve risk management? Are more sensitive/reliable methods of analys [...]

Frozen Food and the Threat of SARS-CoV-2

WHO, FAO, FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius, the US CDC, the EU CDC, and other international organizations have made it clear that SARS-Cov-2 is not a foodborne disease. “There is no evidence to date of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses being transmitted via food or food packaging…. It is highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging” (www.fao.org).   However, there is evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was transferred on food packaging across international borders. Chinese authorities in 2020 inspected and sampled millions of cold-chain foods and in a few cases blocked the import of meat or fish because testing revealed the presence of the virus’ ge [...]


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