Food safety trends in pesticides analysis, mycotoxin testing and food contact materials characterization

With the food industry subject to increasing scrutiny, comprehensive testing solutions are required to determine the authenticity and contaminant-free status of food products and to ensure their compliance with safety regulations.

We have partnered with SelectScience® to host this roundtable webinar series, bringing together leading experts in the fields of pesticides analysis, mycotoxin testing and food contact materials characterization to discuss the latest trends in these areas and laboratory innovations set to transform the future of food safety testing.

Key learning objectives

  • Pesticide and mycotoxin testing, packaging migration and food contact material characterization
  • Testing today, the future and what questions remain to be answered
  • Improved testing efficiency and effectiveness

Who should attend

  • Lab managers and senior analysts offering or planning to offer mycotoxin testing and consulting services
  • Technology and innovation directors and lab executives for food and feed producers
  • Researchers interested in characterizing biotoxins and advancing testing from government agencies and industry associations

In this roundtable forum we discuss the latest testing approaches to address business and regulatory pressures and laboratory innovations to transform pesticide testing.

The increase in global food trade continues to drive demand for pesticide testing along with consumer pressure on food suppliers for higher levels of testing and food processing transparency. Chemicals used as pesticides and subsequently banned in some countries, continue to be used and found in some food imports. Food manufacturers and government authorities must ensure that imports comply with country specific permitted maximum residue levels (MRLs). Testing laboratories continue to look for ways to modernize pesticide testing methods to detect sub-lethal endpoints, drive high-throughput, cost-effectively increase the number of pesticide residues tested while increasing quality and profitability leveraging next generation technology and multi-residue testing approaches.

About the presenters

Susanne Ekroth
Chemist, National Food Agency EU

Steven Lehotay
Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS

Dr. Jim Garvey
Head of Food Chemistry, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland

In this roundtable forum we discuss testing approaches to address business and regulatory pressures and weigh in on innovation to transform the future of materials testing in this area.

The 2021 Food and Health Survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) indicated consumers are most concerned about chemicals in food. Characterization and testing of packaging and contact materials is important to protect the health and confidence of consumers. All materials in contact with food, from manufacturers’ packaging to crockery and cutlery, glassware, ceramics, and storage containers, should be tested to ensure they are safe for food contact. In the last few years, navigating compliance to regional regulations has increased for manufacturers, materials suppliers, and independent testing labs. European directives and frameworks along with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) continue to increase food safety pressure. The complexity of testing and regulatory requirements has increased.

About the presenters

Dr. Yelena Sapozhnikova
Research Chemist, United States Department of Agriculture‑ARS

Christina Nerin
Professor of Analytical Chemistry, University of Zaragoza

Tim Stratton
Manager of Library Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific

In this roundtable forum we discuss testing approaches to address business and regulatory pressures and testing innovations to transform the future mycotoxin testing.

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates about a quarter of the world’s agricultural produce is contaminated with mycotoxins. International trade has significantly fueled the market for mycotoxin testing to reduce the growing number of recalls and border rejections. Recalls affect a company’s brand value and investments. The cost of production, labor, logistics, and disposal causes an economic burden on various stakeholders in the supply chain. Expect more stringent regulations related to mycotoxin detection, growth in consumer awareness, and humid atmospheric conditions that are leading to an increase in mycotoxins. The presence of emerging or masked mycotoxins presents a risk because most of the 600+ known mycotoxins with today’s standard test practices often go undetected and new strains may arise as a result of climate change.

About the presenters

Jana Hajšlová
Head of the Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition, UCT Prague

Dwayne Shrunk
Laboratory Manger of Analytical Chemistry Services, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) at Iowa State University

Dr. Olaf Scheibner
Team Leader Applied Market Support, EMEA Thermo Fisher Scientific

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