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FI Conference 27 February 2014

Assuring the Integrity of the Food Chain: Detecting the Unexpected

Assuring the Integrity of the Food Chain: Detecting the Unexpected

The week-long series of events on food authenticity marks the start of the €12M FoodIntegrity project. Funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, and comprising 38 international partners from industry, academia and government institutes, FoodIntegrity will address many of the post-horsemeat issues at a European level. As well as carrying out research on new methods and systems for authenticating food and ingredients, the project will work with stakeholders to better understand consumer behaviour, develop horizon scanning tools and systems for data sharing. An international network of expertise on food authenticity will be established. It will identify gaps and commission €3M worth of research requirements within the project to address emerging issues.

Please contact foodintegrity@fera.co.uk for more information.

The week includes the following events:

Monday 24th February - ad-hoc meetings on food integrity
Monday 24th February, 1pm to 4pm - half-day workshop on Detecting the Unexpected

Tuesday 25th February - closed meeting of the FoodIntegrity consortium, including the formal launch of the FoodIntegrity project.

Wednesday 26th February - closed meeting of the FoodIntegrity consortium continues

Thursday 27th February, 9am to 4pm - a Defra-sponsored one-day conference 'Food Fraud - the Analytical Tools'

Friday 28th February, 9am to 2pm - half-day technical workshop on determining the geographical origin of food

Please follow the links below for more information about the events.

FoodIntegrity Consortium Meeting: Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th February 2014

Closed meeting (project partners only)

The first three days of the event include:

Monday 24th February - ad-hoc meetings on food integrityTuesday 25th February - closed meeting of the FoodIntegrity consortium, including the formal launch of the FoodIntegrity project.

Wednesday 26th February - closed meeting of the FoodIntegrity consortium continues
Food Integrity is "the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished or in perfect condition" Providing assurance to consumers and other stakeholders about the safety, authenticity and quality of food (integrity) is of prime importance in adding value to the European Agri-food economy. The integrity of food is under constant threat from fraudulently labelled imitations that try to exploit that added value. The FoodIntegrity project will directly address this issue and will be an international focal point for harmonisation and exploitation of research and technology for insuring the integrity of European food.

Comprising an inner core of project participants from industry, academia, research institutes, technology providers and a global network of stakeholders, FoodIntegrity will rationalise and harmonise capability to provide a coherent structure and process for assuring the food supply.

FoodIntegrity will: facilitate the sharing of information between stakeholder groups regarding European food integrity; establish processes for harmonising and exploiting existing databases; establish fit for purpose methodology to address stakeholder needs; identify and address research gaps by procuring and delivering €3M of commissioned projects; establish a self-sustaining Food-fraud early warning system for identifying emerging food fraud risks; establish a self-sustaining worldwide network of stakeholders to ensure maximum uptake of the project legacy.

Improved verification procedures will be developed for food control and industry stakeholders using three key commodities as exemplars: olive oil, spirit drinks and seafood. In addition a consumer study in China will assess their consumer attitudes in the face of substantial counterfeiting of European food. Finally it will establish expert food authenticity platforms that will supply independent expert opinion on food authenticity/food fraud to the European Commission, Codex and other national/international bodies.

Workshop: Detecting the Unexpected: Monday 24th February 2014, 1pm - 4pm

Whilst targeted testing of commodities for potential contaminants is a well-established tool to support consumer protection, analytical methods to detect the unexpected are becoming more readily available in a range of disciplines. Many of these methods now allow scientists to detect the unexpected or characterise samples in far more detail than has ever been possible before and in areas beyond consumer protection or healthcare.

This scientific workshop to discuss "Detecting the unexpected" is being hosted by Fera working with the InterLab Consequence Management Scientific Support Group and in collaboration with the launch of the major EU FoodIntegrity project. This workshop will explore the use of state-of- the-art non-targeted methods for chemical analysis and molecular biology through a number of short presentations. Structured discussions will then be used to articulate the new challenges this technology offers and help bring focus to the needs of this developing technology.

To see all of the Presentations that is surrounding Workshop Brochure please follow this link.

Programme and Speakers Presentation:

Time Topic/title

13:00 Welcome and introduction to the workshop - Paul Robb
13:10 The analysis of horse meat for the banned drug phenylbutazone - Simon Hird, Tom Griffiths and Richard Ginn
13:30 Semi-targeted testing for pesticide residues - Monica Garcia Lopez and Richard Fussell
13:50 Non targeted approaches for food authenticity - Mike Dickinson
14:10 Title TBA - Jana Hajslova

14:30 Coffee break and informal discussions

15:00 The Application of Next Generation DNA sequencing to non-targeted plant disease diagnostics - Ian Adams
15:20 Non-targeted analysis of gene expression and small molecule metabolite datasets - Robert Stones
15:40 The end-user perspective - TBA
16:00 Some examples from UK food incident response samples- Don Clarke
16:20 Open-forum discussion
17:00 Latest Meeting close

Thursday 27th February 2014

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been discussing what action it can take to tackle food fraud and has teamed up with The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) to organise a one day event to showcase UK research on food authenticity.

This scientific event hosted by Fera reports the development and use of state-of-the-art methods to assure the authenticity of food and detect food fraud. The methods are developed as part of Defra's Food Authenticity Programme which investigates many aspects of misdescription. The conference will look at existing and potential methods to combat food fraud. It will also give participants the opportunity to highlight emerging issues and gaps in analytical technology.

The event provides a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge in the areas of food authenticity, fraud detection and advanced analytical methods, and to network with key scientists and stakeholders from industry, regulatory authorities and academia.
The conference panel, comprising policy makers, regulators, enforcers and evidence providers, will answer stakeholders' questions on food authenticity challenges and update the audience on the latest issues in the area.

Representatives from the food industry and trade associations, including Princes (Edible Oils), Bernard Matthews Foods Ltd, Barilla G.R.F.lli SpA, British Frozen Food Federation and others, will attend the event and the speakers are now confirmed.

To see all of the Presentations that is surrounding Information on submitting a conference poster please follow this link. (CLOSED)

To see all of the Presentations that is surrounding Conference Brochure please follow this link.

Conference Programme

Morning session

09:30 - 10:00        Registration and refreshments Introduction

Chairs: Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor and Lucy Foster, Defra

10:00 - 10:05        Welcome and introduction - Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor
10:05 - 10:20        Food Fraud - an international perspective - John Spink, Michigan State University
10:20 - 10:35        Food Fraud - a policy perspective - Lindsay Harris, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Will Creswell, Food Standards Agency
10:35 - 10:50        The UK Food Authenticity Programme - Lucy Foster and Sophie Rollinson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

10:50 - 11:20        Coffee break - attendees are invited to put up challenges and priorities on 'post-its' for discussion in the afternoon Q&A session

Using chemical markers

Chairs: Paul Brereton, Fera and Gerard Downey, TEAGASC

11:20 - 11:40        An overview of analytical approaches to verify country of origin labelling (COOL) claims - Simon Kelly, University of East Anglia
11:40 - 12:00        Identifying oil species in oil mixtures - Tassos Koidis, Queen's University Belfast

Using biochemical markers
Chairs: Paul Brereton, Fera and Gerard Downey, TEAGASC

12:00 - 12:20        Mass spectrometry and the analysis of food composition and authentication - Paul Fraser, Royal Holloway University
12:20 - 12:40        A proteomic approach to the detection of offal and added serum in meat products - Ellen Billett, Nottingham Trent University
12:40 - 13:00        Detection of unlabelled meat in meat products using proteomics and genomics - Adrian Charlton, The Food and Environment Research Agency

Afternoon session

13:00 - 13:40        Lunch - Posters and networking Using DNA markers

Chairs: Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor and Hez Hird, Fera

13:40 - 14:00        Meat speciation analysis - current and emerging approaches - Malcolm Burns, LGC Group
14:00 - 14:20        Genetic tools for geographic traceability and breed identification of food - Gill Murray-Dickson, Trace Forensics
14:20 - 14:40        Public Analysts' perspective - Liz Moran, Association of Public Analysts

The Future
Chairs: Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor and Hez Hird, Fera

14:40 - 15:00        European research initiatives on food authenticity - Paul Brereton, The Food and Environment Research Agency
15:00 - 15:15        Meeting the challenges - future development in the Food Authenticity Programme - Lucy Foster, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15:15 - 16:00        Panel Q&A session
                             An opportunity to explore with stakeholders what they see as the key challenges faced in Food Authenticity and what technical solutions are needed to address them.
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16:00                    Close and tea

Workshop: Determining the Geographical Origin of Food: Friday 28th February - Half-day technical workshop, 9am to 2pm

Purpose of the workshop: Examining 'state of the art' analytical tools to determine the geographical origin of food.

Objectives: Identification of gaps and how to move forward within food integrity.
The programme

09:00 - 09:30 Registration - Mezzanine 1st session

Chair: Paul Brereton;Fera and Mark Woolfe; Food Authenticity Consultant 09:30 - 09:35 Welcome - Hilary Aldridge; Fera

09:35 - 09:40 Introduction to workshop - Paul Brereton; Fera, FoodIntegrity Project Coordinator
09:40 - 10:00 New food labelling requirements - a new opportunity for the analysts? - Stephen Pugh; Defra
10:00 - 10:20 Techniques for authenticating country of origin labelling - Sandy Primrose; Food Authenticity Programme Advisor
10:20 - 10:40 Requirements for using multi-element stable isotope analysis in food authentication - Andreas Roßmann; Isolab GmbH
10:40 - 11:00 Analytical methods for guaranteeing the authenticity of PDO hard cheeses - Federica Camin; Research and Innovation Centre - Fondazione Edmund Mach Stable Isotopes
11:00 - 11:20 Break (tea, coffee and biscuits)

2nd session Chair: Franz Ulberth; JRC-IRMM, Geel & James Lindsay; USDA

11:20 - 11:40 Tracking food with stable isotopes in practice - Markus Boner; Agroisolab
11:40 - 12:00 Recent innovations in molecular analysis to trace food using their microbial ecology (Part 1) - Didier Montet, CIRAD
12:00 - 12:20 Recent innovations in molecular analysis to trace food using their microbial ecology (Part 2) - Richard Thwaites, Fera
12:20 - 12:50 Next Steps: Round table discussion Gaps/Impediments (data sharing) Horizon Scanning Approaches for the future Facilitator: Franz Ulberth;JRC-IRMM, Geel
12:50 - 13:00 Sum-up
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch