Still time to register at the 1st Asia-Pacific Workshop on #FoodAllergen Management – Shanghai – PRC – 3rdNov2016

The Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence Platform (FRAREP) of the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) and the Department of Food Sciences at Université Laval are collaborating with :

  •   r-Biopharm: one the leaders of the Food Diagnostics industry;
  • the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacturing of the University of New-South Wales, Sydney, Australia;
  • the Analytical Branch of Australia’s National Measurement Institute; and
  • the National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

to organize the first Asia Pacific Workshop on Food Allergen Management.

The workshop will be part of one the major food safety conferences held in Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China: the China International Food Safety and Quality Conference (CIFSQ) from November 2-3, 2016.

This first edition aims to gather food regulators, food industry partners and representatives of the clinical community and service providers from the region. Specific emphasis will be made to enhance the representation from China, with the intent to continue raising awareness and to contribute to dissemination efforts of best practices related to food allergen management.

This will be an opportunity to engage with Chinese Stakeholders to discuss current efforts to manage and prevent food allergy incidents as well as management of gluten. Discussions will also include possible future consideration of updated food regulatory requirements to manage allergen and gluten sources in food, in China and in the Asia Pacific Region.

Presentations will be made in English and Chinese with Simultaneous Interpretation offered.

The One day workshop will be held on November 3rd 2016 at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre. 

Registration to this one day workshop only can be made at the very competitive registration fee of 1,000 RMB (cost after October 1st).

Registration is still possible directly through this active link in English, or in mandarin.

The program of the workshop is attached below.

We look forward to meeting you in Shanghai

English Program: 

Chinese Program: 


Rejoignez-nous à #BENEFIQ2016 et le Symposium annuel de l’AQIA- 5-6 Octobre à Québec

Le Symposium annuel de l’association québécoise de l’innocuité alimentaire (AQIA) se tient dans le cadre de l’événement BENFIQ2016, rendez-vous international sur les ingrédients santé organisé par l’institut de nutrition et des aliments fonctionnels (INAF), de l’Université Laval.

Le symposium 2016 se tient du 5-6 octobre 2016 au centre des congrès de Québec.

Il vous est toujours possible de participer au symposium et de vous inscrire et soit via le site de l’AQIA, ou via le site de BENEFIQ2016.

Un programme diversifié a été préparé avec pour thème central : l’innovation en réponse aux défis courants et émergents de sécurité sanitaire des aliments.

Nous avons le plaisir de recevoir Dr. Martine Dubuc, Vice-Présidente de la direction générale des sciences de l’agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA) et chef de la salubrité des aliments du Canada, qui nous fera l’honneur d’ouvrir officiellement le symposium le 6 octobre 2016 au matin.

L’équipe organisatrice espère vous y voir nombreux.

Join us at #BENEFIQ2016 & the Annual Event of the Quebec #Food Protection Association (AQIA)

The annual event of the Quebec Food Protection Association (AQIA) is to be held in Quebec City from 5-6 October 2016. This year’s symposium will be part of the biannual event BENEFIQ2016, the rendez-vous for health ingredients, organized by Institute of Nutrition and Functional Food (INAF) of Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

It is still possible to register and participate in the event either via the BENEFIQ2016 website or through the AQIA Website

The Symposium’s Program is attached and is covering the broad theme:  “Innovation in Response to Current and Emerging Food Safety Issues”

We have the privilege of welcoming Dr. Martine Dubuc, Vice President Science Branch of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada, who will be giving the keynote lecture and opening officially the 2016 AQIA Symposium.

We look forward to meeting you on the 5-6 October 2016 in Quebec City, QC. Canada.



IUFoST & AATA host a workshop on “Science Behind Regulations”

This workshop was an opportunity to meet and engage with members of the Science and Technology Community of Argentina: colleagues from Academia, the food regulatory community and industry groups.

Discussions and presentations addressed current and future trends of food production in Argentina, Latin America and Worldwide, challenges to develop sound and robust regulatory mechanisms, science and risk based regulations, the imperative to use the regulatory instrument after careful consideration of instrument of choice analysis, where regulation was found to be a possible effective mechanism to address the risk. Discussions covered the European food labeling requirements, trends in nutrition and allergen labelling as well as front of pack labeling.

We were fortunate to have the contribution of Dr. Pamela Byrne, CEO of the Food Safety Authority of the Republic of Ireland, Judith Meech, Secretary General of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST)  and the Senior Leadership of the Argentinean Association of Food Science and Technology (AATA), in particular Prof /Dr. Susanna Socolovsky.

A great discussion followed on good regulatory practices and on challenges and opportunities for the use labeling as a risk management and sanitary measure.




Latest updates from the #FoodAllergen Community of #AOAC International

The latest newsletter of the Food Allergen Community of AOAC International is currently available.

You will find updates on food allergen regulatory developments internationally, recent scientific findings in food allergen extraction methods for analytical purposes and announcements for upcoming events, including the AOAC International Annual meeting on Dallas, TX, USA – 18-21 September 2016.



Innovation in Food and Feed Safety – Great Conference Program offered by IFA Tulln/BOKU

I feel privileged to contribute to the upcoming conference organized by IFA/Tulln – BOKU under the leadership of Professor Rudolf Krska, and related to Innovation in Food and Feed Safety – Education, Risk Analysis and Novel Technologies. This event is held on April 5th, 2016 in Tulln Austria.

This is a model for open scientific events to share the latest developments and to introduce a number of multi-year initiatives in research and capacity development in food safety and quality. In particular, the project MyToolBox, aiming to foster a set of tools to assess and mitigate risks associated with Mycotoxins in food, will be introduced, as a major EU food safety funded initiative with global outreach.

It is also our opportunity at the Department of Food Science (Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science) of University Laval, Québec, QC (Canada) and at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods, to engage with and learn from peer institutions with the aim to foster collaborations in our areas of development:  food risk analysis and competency development domestically and internationally.

The proposed agenda for the conference is attached:




Aiming for a permanent platform to promote partnership in food safety, security and sustainability – #WorldFoodForum

logo-worldfooforum  Aiming for a permanent platform to promote partnership and cooperation in food safety, security and sustainability

By Samuel Godefroy, Ph.D. – Professor, Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Systems, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University Laval, Québec, QC. Canada

Published earlier on: World Food Forum Website on August 19th, 2015

Access to clean water and clean air is a fundamental human right. Similarly, access to safe food is another necessity. Food safety is a condition for food availability and therefore for food security. Beyond the clear public health benefits expected as a result of compliance with food safety requirements, enhanced food safety is a prerequisite to consumer confidence and therefore to market access. Consumers around the world demand access to safe food and are increasingly aware of and sensitive to existing and emerging food safety risks.

Food and food products are also amongst the most traded commodities domestically and internationally. Safety and availability of food products is therefore a condition for and a demonstration of economic development and prosperity. Innovation in the food and agri-food sector, the development of trends aiming to enhance the sustainability of food production, to decrease its environmental impacts and its energy consumption requirements are also interrelated with food safety, food security, food quality and consumer concerns.

Having the 2015 Universal Exhibition currently hosted by the city of Milan, Italy, fully dedicated to the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life offers the unique opportunity for a platform of dialogue, exchange, and stronger leadership in identifying and analyzing trends and emerging issues, in sharing best practices and in promoting collaboration and partnership to address challenges in food safety, food security and sustainability and to support research and innovation in the food and agri-food sector.

The opportunity to hold a World Food Forum scheduled for September 22-23, part of Milan Expo 2015 is visionary in many respects. This platform offers to convene national and international food policy makers, food regulators, international and development organizations, food business leaders, the Finance, Science, Research and Innovation community, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It offers to become a permanent platform for dialogue amongst leaders of the food sector to promote partnerships and collaboration. For a number of actions that address food safety, food security and sustainability, the mobilization of all sectors (public, private, academia, NGOs) and the creation of partnership are key to success. In following the principle that dialogue is a prerequisite to multi-sectorial action in response to multi-faceted challenges, I am hopeful that this new Forum will:

  • enable and stimulate strategic engagement, policy discussions and dialogue on challenges and opportunities of the food sector, with a particular focus on sharing best practices and lessons learnt from partnership initiatives in food safety, food security and sustainability, as well as food research and innovation
  • promote leadership in the development of robust partnerships, concerted action and more investments to address challenges in food safety, security, sustainability and innovation.

Food is such an important determinant of human health and human prosperity that we owe it to ourselves to make this Forum a successful platform for such cooperation.

Looking forward to meet the Forum participants in Milan, at the World Food Forum inaugural meeting held in September 22-23, 2014.

Gestion des #allergènes alimentaires: Questions émergentes et perspectives – Thème choisi pour la rencontre annuelle de l’#AQIA

La Gestion des allergènes alimentaires est la thématique choisie cette année pour la rencontre annuelle de l’Association Québécoise pour l’Innocuité alimentaire (AQIA).

Cet événement a lieu le 30 septembre et 1 er octobre 2015 à Québec.

Plusieurs sujets seront abordés: de l’importance de cette problématique en termes de santé publique et de gestion industrielle, aux pratiques de contrôles industriel et réglementaire, aux méthodes d’analyse des allergènes dans les matrices alimentaires, ainsi qu’aux valeurs seuils pour certains allergènes et leur utilisation potentielle dans un contexte de gestion des risques pour la santé et de développement réglementaire et le développement de compétences nécessaire pour mieux gérer cette problématique.

Des orateurs et experts du Canada, des États-Unis, d’Europe et d’Australie participeront à cette rencontre.

Le programme est présenté ci-dessous.

Davantage d’informations sont disponibles sur le site de l’AQIA

Les organisateurs continuent à chercher des commanditaires. Pour plus d’informations sur ces aspects et d’autres, veuillez contacter Andrée Lagacé ( et par téléphone au (418) 656-3951.

Annual Conference of the AQIA dedicated to #FoodAllergen Management

Food Allergen Management, Emerging Issues and Perspectives is the theme chosen this year for the annual meeting of the Association Québecoise pour l’innocuité alimentaire.

This meeting is to be held in Quebec City, QC, Canada on Sept 30-Oct 1st, 2015.

Take note of key speakers from Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Various topics will be discussed dealing with the the public health impacts of food allergens, food allergen management by the food industry, regulatory management of this issue, emerging issues of allergen thresholds and their possible use in risk management considerations, as well as food allergen analytical method development and applications in food allergen control by the food processing sector.

The organizers are still looking for sponsors for this event, so feel free to contact: Andrée Lagacé at or by phone at (418) 656-3951

More information on this event can be obtained though the AQIA Website.

The preliminary programme for this event is attached:

Save the date for the #WorldFoodForum part of #EXPO2015 – 22-23 September 2015 Milan

Save the date for the launch of the World Food (Research and Innovation) Forum, a unique opportunity to engage with stakeholders representing academic, government, the food business community and international organizations on issues related to food safety, security and sustainability.
Creating a forum for dialogue, engagement and forward thinking:

Aiming for a safer, more abundant and sustainable food supply for all.