29-31 May 2018. Belfast. ASSET 2018 brought together representatives from international and governmental agencies, the academic and industrial research community, non-governmental organisations and the commercial and technical leaders in the food industry and its supply chain to discuss, debate and provide leadership on tackling a range of serious challenges that face the integrity of our global food supply system.

The Summit featured a number of high level strategic presentations on key issues by internationally recognised leaders. It also placed a firm emphasis on harnessing the collective knowledge and experience of the delegates to address these challenges through the formulation of policy recommendations to governments and a Summit communique.

Extracts of the programme (focusing on the speakers from the EC and Africa)

  • Keynote: Dr John Bell, European Commission, Future proofing the food system

The growing complexities and risks to human health from foodborne illness and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

  • Prof. Kennedy Chah Teaching and Research University of Nigeria. Chah Kennedy is a Professor of Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Nigeria and a Fellow of the College of Veterinary Surgeons, Nigeria. His research interests include isolation and characterization of pathogenic bacteria of veterinary and zoonotic importance (particularly salmonellae, Escherichia coli, staphylococci, enterococci and Klebsiellae), antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic and indicator bacteria (particularly extended-spectrum beta-lactam resistant enterobacteriaceae, methicillin resistant staphylococci, vancomycin resistant enterococci) and evaluation of natural products and metal complexes as possible sources of antimicrobial agents
  • Mr. Sonigitu Asibong Ekpe, Assistant Director Scientific Ministry Of International

    Development And Cooperation, NigeriaMr. Ekpe has over twenty five years work experience in government, private sector and non-profit organizations. He is currently working with the Cross River State Ministry of International Development Cooperation as an Acting Deputy Director (Scientific), where he explores relevant sources/opportunities for development assistance that the state can find leverage. He also assists in providing overall coordination and oversight in the implementation and management of donor assisted programmes/projects. He is a 2018 Global Champion for Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)

Nutritional challenges and implications for health

  • Dr. Olaniyi Odusina Lecturer And Researcher Tai Solarin University Of Education, Nigeria
  • Dr. Mehroosh Tak of SOAS/London. She is a research fellow and an applied economist working on food systems and nutrition in low and middle-income countries. Her doctoral research explores how public investments can be made more nutrition-sensitive via investments in infrastructure and the agriculture route. In her work, Mehroosh focuses on both quantitative and qualitative research

    methods for policy and programme evaluation. Her expertise lie in impact evaluation, nutrition finance, and nutrition-sensitive agriculture for sustainable food systems.

Techniques to quantify the risk – Lead by MultiCoop Project

  • Dr Chibundu Ezekiel – Food Microbiologist/ Mycotoxicologist Babcock University. Dr. Chibundu N. Ezekiel holds BSc Microbiology (First Class Honours) from Babcock University (Nigeria), MSc Microbiology and PhD Mycology/Mycotoxicology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His research focuses on food safety, fungal diversity and taxonomy, and mycotoxins. He has contributed, through cutting-edge research, to the understanding of the recent prevalence of mycotoxins in food and feed in Africa and the underlying factors that contribute to increased mycotoxin occurrence in staple crops on the continent. As a mycologist, he led the development of technical solutions in the form of validating a low-cost microbiological medium for use in resource-scarce regions (e.g. Africa) – the medium facilitates rapid and easy identification and differentiation of aflatoxin-producing Aspergillus species commonly found in African soils and food crops.

Improving diet quality: drivers of food choice at an individual, environment and policy level

  • Miss Barbara Bray Nuffield Farming Trust, Uganda. Barbara Bray is a registered UKVRN Associated Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition. She is the Director of a food safety and nutrition consultancy, Alo Solutions Ltd, which provides food safety and nutritional labelling advice, development and training to clients who include Bakkavor, Selfridges and fresh produce growers. Barbara worked in the Ugandan agri-business sector for three years after graduation and then spent 14 years in the chilled foods sector in the UK and France, firstly in food procurement and then in the provision of technical advice and compliance information as Technical Manager with Bakkavor, an international food manufacturer. For Specific Nutritional Need’ was a study of vegetables consumption in countries including China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The project looks at national food policies and private initiatives to promote consumption of vegetables which benefit our health.
Related:
FoodIntegrity is a European five-year multi-faceted project, which will draw from a well of experience consisting of 60 partners in the EU, China and Iceland to tackle issues surround the authenticity of food.

  • FoodIntegrity presents latest developments and strategies in the field of food integrity: safety, quality, authenticity and traceability!
  • The project provides a focal point for the sharing and exploitation of European research aimed at protecting the integrity of food production in Europe.

Learn more on FoodIntegrity outcomes on strategies for detecting fraud and assuring the integrity of the food chain, such as analytical methods and results, end-user tools, developed standards, opinions and guides, transparency along the food chain.

  • Session on FoodIntegrity Latest Research (Tuesday, 29th May 2018, 16:45 – 18:15, Hall 1A) | Programme Link
  • Session on FoodIntegrity Tools and Solutions (Wednesday, 30th May 2018, 15:30 – 17:40, Hall 1A) | Programme Link

FINAL FOODINTEGRITY 2018 CONFERENCE!
14-15 November 2018, Nantes, France. More information please click here

This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.

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