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    Food Allergens and EU regulations

    Hamit Köksel 1 , Demet Köroğlu

    1 , Bert Pöpping


    1 Hacettepe University, Food Engineering Department, Turkey

    2 Eurofins Scientific Group, UK

    [email protected]

    7th Food Engineering Congress,

    24-26 November 2011, Ankara, Turkey

    mailto:[email protected]

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    • MoniQA NoE Project

    • Food Allergy and Food Allergens

    • EU Regulations on Food Allergens

    • Allergen Labelling Requirements in Turkey

    • New! EU Regulation on food information to consumers - 2011 (in preparation)

    • Closing Remarks

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    MoniQA Project

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    Funded by the European Commission

    within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6)

    Topic T5.4.5.1: Quality and safety control strategies for food (NoE)


    Roland Ernest Poms, ICC – International Association for

    Cereal Science and Technology, Vienna, Austria

    33 member institutions from 20 countries / 4 continents

    Currently > 150 registered institutions from 40


    A total of 155 researchers including 40 doctoral students

    Currently; ~ 500 experts

    Duration: 5 years – 1 February 2007-2012

    EU funding: 12.3 M €

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    ICC International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (AT)

    BOKU University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (AT)

    ASU Ain Shams University (EG)

    CAMBRI Campden BRI (UK)

    CER Centre d'Economie Rurale (BE)

    EUROFINS Eurofins Analytik GmbH (DE)

    GAIKER Fundacion Gaiker (ES)

    FERA The Food and Environment Research Agency (UK)

    Q-PLAN International Quality and Environment Services S.A. (GR)

    TUBITAK Tubitak Marmara Research Center (TR)

    UFT University of Food Technologies (BG)

    VTAG Vocal Tag Ltd (IL)

    VTT Technical Research Center of Finland (FI)

    DSA University of Naples Federico II Department of Food Science (IT)

    NOFIMA Norwegian Food Research Institute (NO)

    NTUA National Technical Universtiy of Athens (GR)

    RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (NL)

    SCU Sichuan University (CN)

    INRAN International Institute for Research on Food and Nutrition (IT)

    BUTE Budapest University of Technology and Economics (HU)

    ESR Institute of Environmental Science and Research (NZ)

    NFNI National Food and Nutrition Institute (PL)

    HCTU Hacettepe University – Department of Food Engineering (TR)

    CCOA Chinese Cereals and Oils Association (CN)

    IPB Institut Pertanian Bogor (IND)

    HUT Hanoi University of Technology (VN)

    IFR Institute of Food Research (UK)

    CNR -ISPA Consiglio Nazionale Delle Richerche, Instituto di Scienze Delle Produzioni (IT)

    RTDS RTD Services (AT)

    JRC Commission of the European Communities - Joint Research Centre –

    Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (BE)

    UNI BONN Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn (DE)

    ICCR The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Science (AT)

    UNIBO Department of Statistics, Università di Bologna (IT)

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     HACCP

     Sampling

     Use and validation of rapid methods (DNA-based methods, ELISA-based methods, spectroscopy-based methods, advanced technologies)

     Availability and use of Reference Materials

     Shelf life and storage of food products

     Traceability of food products and components

     Food safety issues (biotoxins, food allergens, microbiological contaminants, banned and toxic ingredients, animal feed residues, plant production residues, industrial residues)

     Food quality issues (authenticity of raw materials and food products, indicators for processing and storage history, shelf life quality indicators, packaging/contact materials,

    chemical indicators)

     Social and legal aspects, economical impact

    Topics of MoniQA

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    • National / International

    Regulatory Bodies

    • Validation, Standardisation,

    Proficiency Testing Bodies

    • Authorities / Policy makers

    • European Commission

    • Food Manufacturers

    • Retailer

    • Food Industry Lobby

    • Method providers / Test kit providers

    • Providers of Reference Material

    • Laboratories

    •Trade organizations

    • Universities

    • Research institutes - PhD & MSc students

    - Young scientists

    - Senior Scientists

    • Consumer Protection Group

    •Consumer organizations

    •The press and media

    AuthoritiesIndustry / SMEs

    Research & Science



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    Key MoniQA Outputs

    1. The MoniQA global food quality and safety research network

    2. Official protocols and harmonisation guidelines for analytical

    methods and emerging technologies

    • Joint IUPAC/MoniQA protocol for validation on qualitative methods

    • First harmonized AOAC/MoniQA protocol for ELISA validation (milk

    and egg)

    • LC-MS-MS for mycotoxins, chemical contaminants, food allergens,


    3. New Reference Materials (MoniQA RMs)

    • Food Allergens (milk and egg) in bakery product, infant formulae

    • Gluten-free Standard Flour (in preparation)

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    Key MoniQA Outputs

    4. Database of food quality and safety issues and corresponding

    analytical tools

    5. Socio-Economic impact analysis of new regulations and

    implementation of (new) HACCP systems

    6. Knowledge management platform and dissemination


    7. International curricula of recognised training courses

    (including e-learning)

    8. An efficient and quality assured network management scheme

    that can be sustained beyond the EC funding.

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    MoniQA Database on Analytical Methods

    • Fully searchable database of

    • Commodities (330 from apples to zucchini)

    • Contaminants (135 from acrylamide to zearalenone)

    • Legislation (all EU legislation covering above contaminants)

    • Prescribed analytical methods (where given in EU regulations)

    • Rapid and alternative methods

    • Validation level / performance data

    • Prescribed sampling procedures (where given in EU regulations)

    • Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (05/2003 to present)

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    Free Access

    through membership in MoniQA Association!

    please visit -

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    MoniQA Journal

    Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

    Official Journal of ICC and MoniQA

    • Peer-reviewed

    • 4 times a year (since March 2009)

    • Impact rated! By Thomson Reuters products and services, indexed and

    abstracted in the Science Citation Index

    Expanded (SciSearch), the Journal

    Citation Reports (Science Edition) and

    Current Contents ®

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    MoniQA Association

    MoniQA Global Food Safety Network

    …an international group of organisations dedicated to

    collaboration and research promoting safer and more

    secure food supply

    Benefits for you: • Access to new expertise • Networking and interest representation • Training • Robust and validated information

    Established in July 2011 (membership based)

    Non profit-distributing association

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    MoniQA Association

    The Global Food Safety Network

    For more information and to apply:

    MoniQA Association

    c/o ICC Headquarters/General Secretariat

    Marxergasse 2, A‐1030 Vienna, Austria

    E‐mail: [email protected]


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    MoniQA Project & Hacettepe


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    MoniQA Knowledge Transfer Events – Hacettepe collaboration with industry

    • 20 October 2008 - “Food safety management in flour mills and bakeries” (in collaboration with Ankara Halk Ekmek)

    • 23 October 2008 - “Food safety management in flour mills and bakeries” (in collaboration with İstanbul Halk Ekmek)

    • 04 November 2009 - “Wheat to Bread: Food Safety Aspects” (in collaboration with Ankara Halk Ekmek)

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    • 20-24 April 2009 - “Building skills on the analysis of components formed during thermal processing of foods”

    • 15 January 2010 - “Food Allergens: Analysis, Legislation and Labelling” (in collaboration with ETİ Gıda San. ve Ti