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PRESS RELEASE: The ICC Online Store has opened!

RSS ICC - Mar, 06/24/2014 - 13:41

ICC is proud to announce the launch of the ICC Online Store! You can now purchase all ICC Standard Methods online using a credit card, and immediately download the Standard Methods as PDF files. To celebrate the opening of the Online Store, all ICC Standard Methods are currently available at a special discount of 50% ! Register one time for free and log in to your account at any time to manage your orders and purchased files.

The store has been developed and deployed in-house by Robert Allerstorfer, ICC's IT Manager and Software Developer, based on the open-source software Drupal Commerce.

In the future, the Online Store will be extended to include other sections such as event registrations.

Start shopping now!

Call for papers: 2014 Rice International Conference, 24-27 November 2014, NPUST, Pingtung, Taiwan

RSS ICC - Mié, 06/18/2014 - 10:44

Rice has been the major staple food in Asia for centuries, not only as table rice but also in the form of various food products made from rice flour. In recent years, Western diets have become very popular in Asia, especially among the young generation. The consumption of rice is declining in Asia. On the contrary, in other parts of the world, e.g. Europe, rice consumption is increasing due to its role in health promoting foods and in gluten-free food products and beverages.

Rice is one of the major energy crops in the world and indeed possesses a large variety of valuable nutrients. This meeting shall draw new attention to rice and novel technological approaches to better exploit the riches of this grain and to better respond to market needs and consumer preferences.

This meeting, organized by CGPRDI - China Grain Products Research and Development Institute and NPUST – National Pingtung University of Science and Technology is co-organised by ICC – International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and is not only addressing food scientists, dieticians, nutritionists, government officials, food manufactures, producers of ingredients and specialty foods, food companies and retailers, but also the interested consumer, to discuss the current and future opportunities and challenges in the use of rice for food and health.

Session Topics will be:

  • Food Security and rice production
  • Rice breeding and agricultural practices to meet processing and product requirements
  • Processing of rice - from milling to food manufacturing
  • Innovation and development of products based on rice flour
  • Nutrition and health aspects of rice and rice products
  • Utilization of all fractions of rice kernel
  • Rice authenticity and safety
  • Rice and public health - addressing the consumer and using market opportunities

Abstract submission is now open - Please submit poster or oral abstract to www.rice2014.com/en/51submissionguidance.php until 31 July 2014.

Registration is now open: www.rice2014.com/en/32registration.php

To sponsor or exhibit at this event view the options at www.rice2014.com/en/71sponsorshipinfo.php

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MoniQA invites to participate in a multi-mycotoxin proficiency test (PT) - free of charge!

RSS ICC - Lun, 05/12/2014 - 10:51

On behalf of the MoniQA member CNR-ISPA (National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Sciences of Food Production), is our pleasure to invite interested laboratories to participate in a multi-mycotoxin proficiency test (PT).

The main objective of the PT is to provide interested laboratories with an opportunity to test their multi-mycotoxin methods and to compare their results with those of other laboratories. The use of LC-MS(MS) methods, although not strictly required, is highly recommended. Detailed information can be found in the Invitation Letter.

If you wish to participate please complete the Registration Form and send it by email to Veronica Lattanzio (veronica [dot] lattanzio [AT] ispa [dot] cnr [dot] it) and Annalisa De Girolamo (annalisa [dot] degirolamo [AT] ispa [dot] cnr [dot] it) by 20 May 2014. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information about the procedure of the proficiency test.

PRESS RELEASE: The future of research on bioactive compounds in cereals and foods

RSS ICC - Vie, 05/02/2014 - 18:10

It has long been recognised that cereals should be our most important staple food, as they are an especially good sources of starch, dietary fibre, and many micronutrients. More recently, a large body of research has revealed that cereals are additionally a rich source of bioactive compounds, also known as phytochemicals or phytonutrients. These cereal bioactives have been shown to have many important effects associated with the prevention and alleviation of so-called lifestyle diseases. Their potential actions include prevention and reduction of oxidative stress, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive and cardiovascular disease prevention. To date, however, most research work has involved in vitro studies with extracts from cereal grains. Researchers are now taking the work to a new level with actual food products and vivo studies. Additionally, the focus has widened from the more familiar common cereals to include the ancient grains of South America and Africa.

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One week to go to the International Symposium on Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods, 24-25 April 2014, Vienna, Austria

RSS ICC - Mié, 04/16/2014 - 12:12

Only one week to go to the ICC International Symposium on Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods, 24-25 April 2014, Vienna, Austria. Read here some of the panel statements for discussion at the Science Café 24 April kicking off the event:

  • 10 Wheat and wheat gluten related myths
  • Public health interests or also a profitable market opportunity?
  • Will we ever have sufficient evidence to recommend consumption of grain products rich in bioactives?
  • All natural, enriched or food supplements - recommendations and diet
  • Is it time to be anti antioxidants?

For more programme details, please go to bioactives2014.icc.or.at/programme.

Please note that there are two different venues for this event. The Science Café on 24 April will be held at the Schick Hotel Stefanie and the Plenary sessions on 25 April will take place at BOKU, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – please see bioactives2014.icc.or.at/venue for more details.

We thank our event sponsors and supporters!
Premium Sponsor: Cereal Partners Worldwide
Regular Sponsor: Nestlé
Official Carriers: Austrian Airlines and Wiener Linien

For more details please go to the conference website at bioactives2014.icc.or.at or for any other special needs contact the conference secretariat.

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Final call for registration for the International Symposium on Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods, 24-25 April 2014, Vienna, Austria

RSS ICC - Mié, 04/02/2014 - 11:47

Final call to register - online registration ends 10 April 2014. After that only onsite registration will be possible (cash payment only with a higher registration fee). About 100 participants have already registered for this event which will provide up-to-date information in the area of bioactives research on health benefits and food uses, innovative processes and product development, market opportunities and added value specialty products from around the globe. Register now at bioactives2014.icc.or.at/register.

The full programme is now available online. The Symposium will be kicked-off with the Science Café on 24 April 2014 with an open discussion with renown experts on bioactive compounds. All participants are encouraged to register for this Pre-Symposium event, which is included in the registration fee. For more programme details go to bioactives2014.icc.or.at/programme.

Discount on travel arrangements: Participants of the Symposium booking tickets online may benefit from a 10% reduction on 1-day-, 2-day- or 3-day passes to the public transport system of Vienna. Transfer to and from the airport can be booked online together with this at these special conditions. For more details on online booking please go to bioactives2014.icc.or.at/venue.

For more details please go to the conference website at bioactives2014.icc.or.at or for any other special needs contact the conference secretariat.

Call for Papers - Rice International Conference 2014, Taiwan

RSS ICC - Mié, 04/02/2014 - 09:54

The ICC endorsed Rice International Conference 2014 (RICE 2014) (www.rice2014.com), organized by China Grain Products R&D Institute, will be held at Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan, 24-27 November 2014. The main theme of RICE 2014 is "From Staple To Innovation" and will focus on novel technologies, new applications, safety, authenticity, marketing, and consumer preference for rice related products. This event is addressed not only to food scientists, dieticians, nutritionists, governmental officers, food manufactures, and food retailers, but also the consumers who are interested in rice products. Existing and emerging opportunities and challenges in the use of rice in foods and health-promoting products will be discussed.

Submit your abstract online at www.rice2014.com to the following session topics:

  • Food security and rice production
  • Rice breeding and agricultural practices to meet processing and product requirements
  • Processing of rice - from milling to food manufacturing
  • Innovation of products based on rice flour
  • Nutrition and health aspects of rice and rice products
  • Utilization of all fractions of rice kernel
  • Rice authenticity and safety

Important Deadlines:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2014
  • Early-bird registration deadline: 30 September 2014
  • Online registration deadline: 14 November

ICC Secretary General to visit Ethiopia, 23-28 March 2014

RSS ICC - Lun, 03/31/2014 - 12:28

The ICC Secretary General, Roland Poms, followed an invitation by an UNIDO funded project to visit Ethiopia 23-28 March 2014. Roland Poms met with several representatives from academia at universities in Addis Ababa and Hawassa, farming cooperatives in Debrezeit, and food industry to link in with private-public-partnerships in Ethiopia. ICC intends to intensify collaboration between European and African research and development activities and in 2014/2015 ICC is involved in the submission of various international collaborative research proposals in response to the EU's Horizon 2020 calls related to food security. Hosted by Yoseph Delelegn, an Ethiopian citizen and currently a researcher at BOKU - the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and on a mission by a UNIDO funded project, ICC was able to get better insight in the challenges and needs that Eastern Africa is facing in assuring a sufficient, safe and nutritious food supply.

Report from the Joint MoniQA/IAM Workshop for Codex Alimentarius (CCMAS) "Sampling Uncertainty"

RSS ICC - Jue, 03/13/2014 - 20:04

Over 70 participants attended the annual Joint MoniQA/IAM Workshop for Codex Alimentarius which was held 2 March 2014 in Budapest, Hungary. Chaired by Richard Cantrill, AOCS and Roland Poms, ICC, this year's event focused on "Sampling issues in the light of new approaches and existing Codex Standards". The featured presentations from Roger Wood, Chairman of the Inter-Agency Meeting; Árpád Ambrus, Hungarian Food Safety Office; Steve Ellison, LGC; Astrid Nordbotten, Norwegian Food Safety Authority and Roger Kissling, Fonterra Ltd. were made available to MoniQA members and participants. MoniQA is now collecting ideas and needs for the next Joint IAM/MoniQA Workshop linked to the Codex Alimentarius CCMAS meeting in Budapest in 2015, please send your comments and ideas to moniqa [AT] moniqa [dot] org. To join MoniQA, please go to www.moniqa.org.

GCHERA World Agriculture Prize 2014 - call for nominations now open!

RSS ICC - Jue, 03/13/2014 - 15:59

The call for nominations for the GCHERA (Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for the Agricultural and Life Sciences) World Agriculture Prize 2014 Prize is now open. The 2014 Prize will be awarded to an academic/faculty member from a higher education institution working in the disciplines relating to the agricultural and life sciences in recognition of the academic/faculty member's life time achievements. A nominee will demonstrate exceptional and significant achievement in his or her engagement in the mission of higher education institutions relating to agricultural and life sciences – in education, research and innovation. This impact will most likely be demonstrated in the work of the nominee in the development of the institution(s) in which the nominee has served, and in the local and wider geographical region of those institution(s), but not necessarily globally. For full details of the Terms & Conditions for submitting a nomination for the prize see www.gchera-wap.org

MyNewGut Kick-Off meeting in Valencia, 19-20 February 2014

RSS ICC - Jue, 02/27/2014 - 20:39

The new FP7 project MyNewGut "Microbiome Influence on Energy balance and Brain Development-Function Put into Action to Tackle Diet-related Diseases and Behavior" held its Kick-Off meeting in Valencia, Spain, 19 - 20 February 2014. ICC, represented there by Roland Poms, is task leader in WP11 and will be involved in the organisation of targeted public health workshops and will furthermore disseminate the project results (WP12). For more details please visit www.icc.or.at/projects/mynewgut.

Early Bird registration ends soon for the 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference, Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014

RSS ICC - Mié, 02/19/2014 - 10:09

Register now and benefit from the reduced Early Bird registration – deadline 28 February 2014. The 3rd International ISEKI_Food Conference will take place in Athens, Greece, 21-23 May 2014 with the general aims to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.

This conference will be focused on Food Science and Technology for a Bioeconomy 2020. Among a wide number of conference topics, the re-thinking of education in terms of strategies and methods for higher education and continual professional development, the most recent research innovations and emergent requirements, and developments and needs for an industry sustainable food supply, will be on top of the agenda. Several pre-conference events are also included and organized: The final session of the pilot "Summer School" for teachers in Food Science & Technology, and two workshops on European PhD research and involvement and role of industry.

For more information including the updated programme, please visit the conference website www.isekiconferences.com/athens2014. We look forward to welcoming you to Athens in 2014.

Marina Carcea, Sam Miller and Roland Poms represented ICC and the HEALTHGRAIN Forum at The Economist Event "Feeding The World", 13 February 2014, London, UK

RSS ICC - Vie, 02/14/2014 - 19:27

WORLD HUNGER: A CRISIS NOW AND A CATASTROPHE IN 2050?

Marina Carcea (ICC Past President), Sam Miller (Camden BRI, ICC National Delegate) and Roland Poms (ICC Secretary General) represented ICC and the Healthgrain Forum at The Economist Event "Feeding The World", 13 February 2014, The HAC, London, UK. This international event addressed major global challenges such as: Global population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050; Limited agricultural land and resource scarcity; Infrastructure and biodiversity challenges; Pressures of a changing climate. The event provided provocative debate and inspired for action. For ICC and the HEALTHGRAIN Forum the acquired deeper insight in food security related challenges will help guide actors and collaborators to efficient strategies and supportive activities to increase food security and fight hunger in the world. The recently established food security working groups and research activities will benefit greatly from the outcome of this meeting.

MoniQA is official supporter of the Rapid Methods Europe 2014 Conference

RSS ICC - Dom, 02/09/2014 - 15:38

Rapid Methods Europe - RME2014 (www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014) takes place in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, 31 March - 2 April 2014. RME2014 is the 9th in a series of conferences dedicated to innovations and breakthroughs in microbiological and chemical analysis of food, feed and water. This series aims to further strengthen the academia-industry relations and to further disseminate advanced research towards practical applications in food, feed and water analysis. MoniQA organised a technical session at the conference on 2 April 2014 and will also hold its annual General Assembly at the end of the conference 13:00-15:00 on 2 April 2014. For details please consult the conference programme at www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014/cp.pdf.

RME2014 presents new and cutting-edge technologies focusing on multi-target screening, lower detection limits, wider range of matrices and shorter time, with an eye toward looking for unknown compounds and moving tests out of the laboratory. Conference topics include, but are not limited to ...

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MoniQA is official supporter of the Rapid Methods Europe 2014 Conference

RSS ICC - Dom, 02/09/2014 - 15:38

Rapid Methods Europe - RME2014 (www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014) takes place in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, 31 March - 2 April 2014. RME2014 is the 9th in a series of conferences dedicated to innovations and breakthroughs in microbiological and chemical analysis of food, feed and water. This series aims to further strengthen the academia-industry relations and to further disseminate advanced research towards practical applications in food, feed and water analysis. MoniQA organised a technical session at the conference on 2 April 2014 and will also hold its annual General Assembly at the end of the conference 13:00-15:00 on 2 April 2014. For details please consult the conference programme at www.bastiaanse-communication.com/rme2014/cp.pdf.

RME2014 presents new and cutting-edge technologies focusing on multi-target screening, lower detection limits, wider range of matrices and shorter time, with an eye toward looking for unknown compounds and moving tests out of the laboratory. Conference topics include, but are not limited to ...

  • sampling and sample preparation
  • multi-analyte detection
  • simple and cost-effective technologies
  • alternative biosensors and recognition elements
  • scientific solutions for industry
  • outlook for future analytical advances

... for microorganisms (indicator and spoilage microorganisms, pathogens), contaminants (due to contamination, cultivation practices or production processes), allergens, GMOs and veterinary drug residues, as well as for authenticity/adulteration and forensic identification.

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Workshop "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance", BOKU, Vienna, Austria, 17-21 March 2014

RSS ICC - Mar, 01/21/2014 - 10:02

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, ICC and MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by email to office [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 5 afternoons. Invited speakers from international standardisation organisations will enrich the workshop programme and give a global perspective and the value of international standards.

The aim of the workshop on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding EU regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

More infos: www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_rm_food_safety_boku_march_2014

Workshop "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance", BOKU, Vienna, Austria, 17-21 March 2014

RSS ICC - Mar, 01/21/2014 - 10:02

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, ICC and MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by email to office [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 5 afternoons. Invited speakers from international standardisation organisations will enrich the workshop programme and give a global perspective and the value of international standards.

The aim of the workshop on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding EU regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

More infos: www.moniqa.org/events/workshop_rm_food_safety_boku_march_2014

Report from Info Day on Horizon 2020, Brussels, 17 January 2014

RSS ICC - Lun, 01/20/2014 - 12:54

More than 600 people from 48 different countries attended the Horizon 2020 info day calls for proposals for Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) and LEIT- Biotechnology. This major event took place in Brussels, on 17 January 2014, at the Charlemagne building and was organised by the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation through Directorate F – Bioeconomy. You can access the presentations given on the day at ec.europa.eu/research/bioeconomy/news-events/news/20140117_03_en.htm, which will be updated regularly.

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA, attended the Info Day in Brussels on behalf of members of ICC and MoniQA. Several specific questions communicated by members in advance of the meeting to the Secretariat of ICC and MoniQA could be addressed in the afternoon discussions with the EC officials. Members only can see some more detailed information and possibilities of joint collaborative projects in the protected members area at www.icc.or.at for ICC and www.moniqa.org for MoniQA (for members visible after log in). ICC and MoniQA will continue to disseminate up-to-date information on new developments within Horizon 2020 and will facilitate project participation for its members.

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