Food Contact Materials Regulatory Framework - Recycling guidance and more news this month

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  • Food Contact Materials Regulatory Framework and Recycling Guidance reviewed by GFORSS; 
  • Winning videos from young scientists focussed on food security; 
  • Messages for Global Members, Fellows and Associates

    REVIEWING FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS and FUTURE OF FOOD LABORATORY TESTING IN THE ARAB REGION

    Food Contact Materials – International Regulatory Framework,  and  Food Contact Materials Recycling – Regulations and Guidance formed part of the food safety capacity building events launched by the Global Food Regulatory Science Society (GFoRSS), a disciplinary organization of IUFoST for Food Regulatory Science, organised in collaboration with the Dubai Municipality and the Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence Platform (PARERA), IUFoST adhering Body for Canada.

    Food Contact Materials (FCMs) cover the broad and complex range of articles intended to come into contact with food during its production, processing, storage, preparation or serving prior to consumption. This includes packaging but also other articles such as cutlery, kitchen utensils and processing equipment. FCMs are not inert and may transfer – either intentionally or unintentionally – added chemicals to foods. This “migration” could induce undesirable changes in food quality – for example off-flavors  - may also endanger human health through exposure to chemical hazards. Therefore, FCMs are subject to legally binding rules at the international level; some of which are explicit and detailed, while others are in early development or even nonexistent.

    The first event tackled the international regulatory framework of FCMs, where key international speakers presented the different regulatory measures implemented by the USA, EU, Canada and Australia and New Zealand. On the second day, the use of recycled plastics for food contact applications was discussed, covering areas related to risk assessment and regulatory management. These webinars highlighted the rising importance of this topic and the need to organize more discussions targeting all aspects of FCMs management. All material (presentations and recordings) related to these webinars can be accessed via the GFoRSS website.  

    Technical Dialogue 2022, The Future of Food Laboratory Testing in the Arab Region, another initiative by GFoRSS,  was held on 23 February.  Discussions covered urgent needs and challenges faced by food laboratory testing professionals in the Arab region. Participants expressed their support, subsequently approved,  for the creation of the Arab Section of AOAC International, which will be a key player in structuring and leveraging the infrastructure, knowledge and competencies of food control laboratories and competent authorities in the Arab region.

    Winning videos Representing Young Food Scientists for Global Food security

    Enter the Congress Video Competition and follow in the footsteps of the latest winners from the University of Costa Rica with their Sustainable Food System video “Vitazul: A sustainable food for Costa Rica Senior Citizens, which won the 2021 competition organised with NZIFST, IUFoST Adhering Body in New Zealand. 

    Around the globe Food Science Students are concerned about the large number of people who do not have sufficient food in a world where large amounts of food are being spoiled, in a world where the environment is suffering because of monocultures and biodiversity is gradually shrinking. The videos present answers of students from North and South, East and West submitted to this competition devised and first presented by IUFoST in 2016, now including hosts the Department of Food Safety and Biotechnology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, and New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST). These competitions are sponsored by the Rose Spiess Foundation and the winning entries receive international recognition and a financial prize.   All these videos will be featured on YouTube soon. Next chance is the IUFoST Singapore congress. Here is the link and entries are accepted for this competition until 15 May 2022.

    MORE ON CONGRESS SESSIONS, PUBLICATIONS ARISING

    More IUFoST partners have joined The International Society of Food Engineering (ISFE) and European Academy of Food Engineering  (EAFE) who are collaborating to bring key scientific sessions to the Congress.  These organizations include Society of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF), ISFANS – the International Society of Food Application Nanoscale Sciences -  and proposed sessions on Food Safety Culture, Early Career Scientist and Young Scientist forums, Education sessions and many others.  Support has been offered by numerous governmental and industry partners including Waters, Unilever, Biomerieux, Shimadzu and others.  Stay tuned and in the meantime, your abstracts are welcome, and we encourage you to enter the competitions that are all now open.  Numerous IUFoST related publications will be involved in special issues around the congress papers.  All accepted abstracts will be assigned ISBN and DOI numbers. Congress site: https://www.iufostworldcongress-singapore.com/home

    MESSAGES TO MEMBERS AND COLLEAGUES OF IUFoST and IAFoST

  • The next Members’ Forum for IUFoST Members and invited colleagues is set for Thursday, April 14  to build on the SDG planning and actions of global food science and technology arising from the  October 2021 Forum.  Members and Fellows will be discussing national actions and demonstrating individual innovations and progress towards  achieving the goals of SDGs.
  • Fellows inducted in the virtual ceremonies in August 2020 will be honoured in person together with the 2022 Class of Fellows during the Singapore congress. All Fellows  of the Academy are welcome to attend this special induction ceremony and the Fellows Dinner, amongst the many other events of the congress. We hope to see you all there to honour these inductees and to lend your leadership and scientific expertise for the benefit of all those attending this 21st World Congress.
  • Outstanding Young Scientists put forward by IUFoST members may win the opportunity to address the world congress in Singapore on their research.  Nominations are open here  for the Young Scientist Competition until April 10.  Look here for some photos of past winners of this competition begun by IUFoST in 2006 at the World Congress held in Nantes, France.
  • Adhering Bodies, colleagues and associates are encouraged to provide nominations for the Global Food Industry Award, recognising innovation and achievement in local, regional, and international industry  in line with the Congress themes of Innovation, Sustainability and Health. This award showcases the creative work of food innovators in the areas of packaging design, nutrition, enterprise, food safety and products. Awards are made in four categories to food products that best display 1) Product and/or process innovation including industrialization of traditional foods; 2) Package innovation, with specifics on the innovative part of the packaging and why it is important; 3) Product / Packaging / Process support global effort in food and process sustainability and 4) Communicating science-related knowledge to consumers aimed at improving their lifestyle & health (e.g. children, teens, adults, seniors). Marketing campaigns may be nominated in this category.
  • FAO Vacancy: Food Safety Specialist

    FAO is looking for a food safety specialist to work with the organization on risk / safety assessment of food derived from various technologies including cell-based food. The application closing date is set to be 1 September 2022, however, it is highly encouraged to apply by the end of April, as the applications submitted by 30 April 2022 will be considered for the first phase screening.

    More information is available at: https://jobs.fao.org/careersection/fao_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=2200714

     

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