Following the great success of and extremely positive response received at the First International MoniQA Symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management in Bari, Italy, 26-27 January 2017, the MoniQA Association would like to invite you to mark your calendars for the Second International MoniQA Symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management in Vienna-Vösendorf, Austria. 7-8 June 2018.
Food fraud undermines consumer confidence and threatens food safety. According to the 2016 US Pharmacopeial Convention, economically motivated adulteration (EMA) is a global economic problem and a public health issue. It is estimated to cost the industry $ 10-15 billion annually and up to 10% of the global food supply appear to be affected. Food fraud typically involves a wide range of intentional fraudulent activities, usually for economic reasons (addition of non-authentic substances or removal or replacement of authentic substances) or counterfeiting (production of substandard goods sold as premium brands).
An exciting programme with practical litigation cases, with strategies and methods for detecting and combating food fraud, are presented by renowned speakers from around the world. Join us in Vienna and meet the "Food Detectives" and get to know modern technologies that are looking for the "unknown" or learn about legal regulations and get practical advice for protecting your branded products, for correct food labeling food, and ultimately to maintain consumer trust. The symposium includes speakers from the United Nation’s FAO/IAEA, IFS, LGC, USP, as well as industry representatives from Nestlé, SQTS/MIGROS, and others, as well as from various law firms and food research institutions.
This Second International MoniQA Symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management will address food authenticity, food fraud and the need for simple labeling as major drivers for both the food industry and companies involved in rapidly developing new analytical technologies. The food industry must adapt to this changing landscape and be aware of the regulatory and legal issues that drive the change in the safety and quality of food. This workshop will bring together food industry experts, legal experts, regulators, academics and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss the latest information on the implications of regulations and other burning issues in the food space.
Some of the areas we plan to cover include:
· What is on a label: “free from…”, “may contain…”, “processed in a facility…”
· Interpreting legal limits versus laboratory accuracy
· Litigation: class action vs consumer deception
Science and technology involved in the analysis of food for authenticity will be shared by decision makers, legal advisors, marketing experts and lawyers. Case studies of successful brand protection, food fraud prevention and improved risk management will be provided in this timely and innovative Symposium.
We warmly invite you to attend this meeting in Vienna, which brings together international experts in the fields of food authenticity and food allergens, as well as various food industries, SMEs, research institutions, associations and regulatory bodies, all having a different stake in food safety. This special mix of scientific and practical input to the symposium will be a valuable opportunity to grow your knowledge base, learn from practical experiences, and exchange ideas with peers. Vienna has earned an outstanding reputation as meeting destination and is ranked top every year in the statistics kept by the International Congress & Convention Association. The central location of Vienna in the heart of Europe is beneficial to all delegates who are able to reach Vienna easily with direct flights from any European capital as well as from many other cities worldwide.
We hope to see you in Vienna in June 2018!
Dr. Richard Cantrill
Dr. Roland Poms
Secretary General, Austria