China Section of AOAC INTERNATIONAL

AOAC China Section successfully hosted the forum titled advanced techniques of food safety analysis

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AOAC China Section successfully hosted the forum titled

advanced techniques of food safety analysis


With the purpose of promoting international standards harmonization, exchanging the technical information and getting to know the new and advanced technical trends on food safety analysis, as well as understanding and being involved with the AOAC SPIFAN Program (International Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals) , AOAC China Section successfully hosted the Symposium titled advanced techniques of food safety analysis AOAC SPIFAN with China involvement in Suzhou, China on April 22-24, 2015.

   More than 350 attendees from 65 organizations participated in the meeting, constituted by AOAC SPIFAN working group, Committee members for the Review of Chinese National Food Safety Standards and authors of standards, experts from Chinese government laboratories, and industries, with a good balance of governments, associations, universities, academics, food manufacturers, instrument manufacturers, and independent testing laboratories. The symposium was supported by Nestle and other organizations.

   Dr. Lei Bao, president of AOAC China Section, board director of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, chaired the meeting on April 23. She gave an opening address, introduced and welcomed attendees, and briefly introduced the purpose of the meeting. She also gave a presentation on the validation program and process of AOAC methods including OMA and PTM.

   Dr. Erik J.M. Konings, President of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, expert from Nestle, Switzerland, illustrated his points on AOAC future role and international collaboration in standards development from global trade facilitation aspect. Mr. Guo Xiliang, Deputy President of China inspection and Quarantine Association, addressed his speech on Strengthening International Cooperation on Food Safety Technology and Standard. Dr. Darryl Sullivan, Board director, AOAC INTERNATIONAL, Chair of AOAC SPIFAN, introduced SPIFAN Program and new progress of SPIFAN.

   Prof. Jing Xiao, from China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment gave a presentation about the Integration of the National Food Safety Standards (GB methods Chemical).Dr. Jiang Yuan, Deputy Director-General of Jiangsu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, made a keynote speech on Qualification, Quantification and Positioning of Campylobacter Jejuni. Director of Technical Center of Shandong Inspection and Quarantine, Dr. Liang Chengzhu detailed his opinions on New Normal State for Food Safety, which are new concepts on testing of exit-entry foodstuffs. Dr. Joerg Stroka, experts from EU reference laboratory, addressed the topic on recent activities of the EURL for mycotoxins in view of modern analytical method performance.       Dr. Susie Dai, research associate professor at office of the Texas State Chemist, shared her points on rapid methods for chemical contaminant analysis and its novel application in mycotoxin risk management. Academicans, professor Jana Hajslova and Dr. Milena Zachariasova from Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, gave their presentation on traceability and authenticity, as well as assessment of herbal-based dietary supplements chemical safety. Furthermore, professor Ren Yiping from Zhejiang CDC, Dr. Li Fengqin from China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Mr. Xu Hongbin from Shanghai Institute of Quality Inspection and Technical Research also gave their reports on relevant topics.

   Additionally, there are other speakers from governments and industries, also gave wonderful speeches. The meeting, characterized with distinct topics, active atmosphere, positive interaction, built a valuable platform for opinions-sharing, topic-discussing for experts working with food safety. The fruitful meeting impressed all attendees, leaving valuable reference for technicians in food safety analysis.

   The contents of the meeting were subdivided into six themes and two workshops. Themes were specified as following: Dialogue on International Standards Harmonization;  Recent Developments and Applications in Testing Techniques for Food Safety; Testing Techniques and its applications for Infant Formula Powder; Progress in Microbial Detection /Traceability Analysis; Trends on Analysis Techniques for Chemical Contaminants; New Applications for Food Testing. The two workshops were titled with 1) Quality, Safety and Detecting Techniques for Infant Formula Adult Nutritionals, and  2) Application of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry in Food Safety and Suggestions separately.

   This meeting provided a good communication for Chinese and international experts in the fields of food safety analysis and milk and milk products detection. The meeting was a good chance for Chinese experts to know more about the validation procedure of OMA and PTM, and the new progress and technologies in detection techniques worldwide.

The comments and suggestions of the attendees have been collected by AOAC China Section. Voices from Chinese scientists were heard and will be adopted in the AOAC methods development process. Furthermore, a bridge among experts from international organizations, governments, competent authorities, universities, relevant testing agencies, instrument companies and dairy manufactures has been built by AOAC China Section, which would help to make progress in developing more AOAC methods and national analytical methods, also bring benefits to consumers worldwide.

Contributed writer: Mr. Hongwei Zhang and Dr. Lei B