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ILSI @ IUFoST2018

Mumbai, India

ILSI India, ILSI Europe, and ILSI North America are participating in IUFoST 2018. ILSI GC will also be exhibiting during the Congress.

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19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018)

Mumbai, India

Dr. Andrew Roberts will be co-chairing the scientific session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology alongside Dr. Michael Knowles at the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018).

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FNCE 2018

Washington, DC, USA

This session will summarize the principles and best practices for scientific integrity in food and nutrition research.

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Food Safety committee Seminar

Seoul, Korea

We held a seminar on ‘Safety management of Chemical residues in Food in Japan’.

  • Speaker: Yukiko Yamada,  Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan(MAFF)
  • Title: Basis of and experiences with the positive list of pesticides, veterinary drugs and feed additives in Japan

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Dr. Andrew Roberts will be co-chairing the scientific session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology alongside Dr. Michael Knowles at the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018).

IUFoST2018 brings together researchers, academics, professionals, policymakers, food scientists, and private sector representatives to exchange ideas, share innovations, showcase new research, and discuss policy issues. Global developments in all the facets of food science and technology will be showcased through over 60 parallel scientific sessions, with more than 250 speakers participating. ILSI, ILSI India, ILSI Europe, and ILSI North America are also participating in the event.

Scientific Session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology

Overview Abstracts Speakers Overview

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Abstracts

History and Context for Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants
Dr. Andrew F. Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation

When genetically engineered plants were being developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, food safety regulators were faced with a unique challenge.  Prior to this point risk assessments for foods focused on the presence of chemical and microbial contaminants while the foods themselves were considered to be safe.  But in response to public policy initiatives to require pre-market safety assessment for novel foods, assessors had to develop a paradigm for assessing the safety of whole foods for the first time.  This presentation will walk through some of the landmark early documents that developed the paradigm which has since been incorporated into the Codex Alimentarius Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants (CAC/GL45-2003).

Food Safety Assessment for Genetically Engineered Plants in South Asia
Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Biotech Consortium India Ltd.

Foods derived from genetically engineered (GE) plants are widely consumed across many countries. In 2017, GE plants were grown by 24 countries in approximately 190 million hectares and imported by additional 43 countries for food and feed use. Countries in South Asian region are in varying stages of development and use of  GE plants. National biosafety frameworks and guidelines for food safety assessment are in place in these countries to regulate activities involving GE plants and derived food/feed products. Authorizations for the use of GE plants/foods are currently made at the national level. Regional harmonization for safety assessment guidance will ensure that foods derived from GE plants in any South Asian  country will meet the standard for safety, preventing disruptions to trade, ensuring the safety of foods for travelers between countries, and building a foundation for regional recognition of food safety authorizations, in future

Methods for the Detection, Identification, and Quantification of GM-Material in Food.
Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (retired)

Consequent to global commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops, these crops and their products have been regulated by many countries requiring market traceability and labeling above an established threshold. The success of any regulatory and labeling scheme depends upon the efficiency with which a genetically modified material can be reliably detected and quantified. Detection of GMOs is focused on either identifying the altered gene(s) or their proteins product(s). The methods rely either on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify the transgene sequence(s), or on immunological methods (primarily ELISA, the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) to bind to the transgene gene product(s). Both methods have their place and are both qualitative and quantitative. These molecular techniques form the foundation for GMO analyses. Owing to the increase in number and divergence of GMOs developed and commercialized, most GM detection laboratories now predominantly apply initial PCR based screenings followed by (when appropriate) more specific PCR based identification and quantification. Before PCR techniques can be used by official authorities in routine analysis, they must be validated. The potential and practicality of PCR for GM material detection are discussed in the light of actual legislation and of the constraints imposed by food production and processing.

*The authors of these abstracts declare no conflict of interest, in terms of scientific, financial, and personal.

Speakers

Dr. Michael Knowles
Governing Council Member, IUFoST

Dr. Michael Knowles is a pharmacist and medicinal chemist who spent the first half of his career with the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food where he became Chief Scientist (Fisheries & Food) and Under-Secretary, Head of the Food Science Group. The latter half of his career he spent with The Coca-Cola Company, eventually becoming Vice-President of Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, from which he retired in 2013. He is a Fellow of several scientific societies, former Global President of the International Life Sciences Institute, a Liveryman of the Society of Apothecaries, London, and a Freeman of the City of London. His scientific publications are mainly in the area of food safety, and he is joint-founding editor of the Journal of Food Additives and Contaminants. He has been a member and/or chaired scientific and regulatory committees in EU food and drink trade associations, and he is the past-Chairman of the Board of the European Technology Platform, “Food for Life,” and a member of IUFoST’s Governing Council.


Dr. Andrew Roberts
Deputy Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation

Dr. Andrew Roberts is the Deputy Executive Director of the ILSI Research Foundation, where he is responsible for programs addressing environmental risk assessment and food safety assessment for biotechnology. Prior to joining the Research Foundation, Dr. Roberts worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in several different capacities, all related to the regulation of agricultural biotechnology.


Dr. Vibha Ahuja
Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Ltd.

Dr. Vibha Ahuja holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and is an expert on biosafety and regulatory aspects, particularly with reference to genetically modified organisms, having more than 25 years of experience. She is experienced in issues related to the Indian biosafety regulatory framework and has been part of formulation and dissemination of guidelines. She has been actively involved in capacity building initiatives in the country and throughout South Asia.


Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda
Former Chief Scientist, CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute

Dr. Lalitha R. Gowda obtained her Ph. D in Biochemistry from Baylor University, Texas, USA and had post-doctoral training at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK. Her research and teaching career spans over 35 years in the areas of structural biology of plant proteins, food science, detail-focused analytical food safety, and a solid understanding of food safety regulations. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of FSSA(I), and Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

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