Analytical challenges for the implementation of the legislation on GMO labelling and food allergen labelling

Apr
11
2018

Analytica Conference > GDCh / Room 3 > Analytical Challenges from Implementing Consumer-Oriented Legislation

11. Apr 2018
10:30-11:00 h  |  ICM - Internationales Congress Center München Room 3

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Correctly informing consumers about product quality and product composition is a priority for European policy. To implement this goal, the producers, enforcement bodies in the Member States and the analytical laboratories need to work together. Harmonisation of analytical approaches and standardisation of methods are crucial. Specific key factors are agreement on the unit used to express analytical results, guidance on how to interpret the analytical output and access to reference materials. Networks such as ENGL and the expert network on allergen detection are essential forums for exchanging expertise and views on how to set up adequate and cost-efficient analytical strategies.

Subjects: 

Applications

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Analytic

Speaker: 

Prof. Dr. Marc de Loose 

(Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO))

Type:
Lecture
Speech: English
Chairman: Dr. Doris Florian (Joint Research Centre - European Commission)

Correctly informing consumers on the product quality and product composition is a
priority for European policy. In order to achieve this goal EU directives are in place.
These are legally binding within the territory of the EU and are converted into national
legislation in the member states. Examples that will be discussed are the legislation on
the labeling of genetically modified organisms in food and feed (EC2001/18 and
EC1829/2003) and the obligatory labeling of food ingredients that have the potential to
induce food allergenicity (EC1169/2011).
The directives describe a general framework and the scope e.g. by giving a clear
definition of the term GMO, the procedure for authorization and the obligatory labeling
of GMO containing products. The labeling threshold for GMOs is 0.9% per species. In
the case of food allergens 14 ingredients, that are known to have the potential to
induce allergenicity, are explicitly mentioned in the legislation as ingredients that need
to be labeled. General guidance is given on how to implement and interpret the
legislation. However interpretation in function of analytical tools fit for enforcement is
sometimes lacking. Therefor stakeholders such as producers, enforcement bodies,
method developers and the analytical laboratories need to work together in order to
harmonize analytical procedures.For GMOs it is foreseen by the legislator that the
event specific detection method and reference material is provided by the applicant and
that as part of the authorization procedure this method is validated by the EURL.
Besides event specific methods also screening methods are essential in the analytical
procedure in order to check the compliance of food/feed products. In the past these
have been developed in the context of research programs in the member states and
within EU research programs. Method performance criteria have been determined
within the ENGL and EURL. These are very important in function of harmonizing the
analytical procedure within the context of enforcement. For allergens the situation is
different in a sense that no stakeholder can be asked to provide enforcement labs with
a validated method, nor to provide the reference material. And secondly it is not the
allergenicity that needs to be labeled but the use of an ingredient. Finally a legal
framework on order to regulate precautionary allergen labeling is under development.
Stakeholders with different opinions, background and responsibilities need to work out
and agree up a compromise in order to come to an harmonized implementation of
analytical methods applied in function of enforcement. This solution needs to take into
account stakeholders responsibilities, biological facts and technical restrictions.
Networks such ENGL and EURLs have been shown to very useful for facilitatingthis
debate. In order to increase the efficiency of the discussions and identifying and
working out harmonized analytical methods and strategies, implementing techniques
developed within the domain of “systems thinking” are very useful.

Speaker
Prof. Dr. Marc de Loose (Scientific Director), Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) Show Profile

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    Speaker
    Prof. Dr. Marc de Loose (Scientific Director), Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) Show Profile

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Apr
11
2018

Analytica Conference > GDCh / Room 3 > Analytical Challenges from Implementing Consumer-Oriented Legislation

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11:00-11:30 h  |  ICM - Internationales Congress Center München Room 3
Chairman: Dr. Doris Florian (Joint Research Centre - European Commission)
Speaker: Dr. Katrin Löschner (Technical University of Denmark - Research Group for Nano-Bio Science)

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2018

Analytica Conference > GDCh / Room 3 > Analytical Challenges from Implementing Consumer-Oriented Legislation

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11. Apr 2018
11:30-12:00 h  |  ICM - Internationales Congress Center München Room 3
Chairman: Dr. Doris Florian (Joint Research Centre - European Commission)
Speaker: Dr. Josefa Barrero (European Commission - Directorate General Joint Research Centre)

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11
2018

Analytica Conference > GDCh / Room 3 > Analytical Challenges from Implementing Consumer-Oriented Legislation

Analytical developments in the field of micropollutants in European waters - Challenges and responsabilities for the analytical community

11. Apr 2018
10:00-10:30 h  |  ICM - Internationales Congress Center München Room 3
Chairman: Dr. Doris Florian (Joint Research Centre - European Commission)
Speaker: Dr. Ulrich Borchers (IWW Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wasser - Beratungs- und Entwicklungsges. mbH)

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