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Growing interest in gluten-free foods and beverages and important conclusions for the future of gluten-free discussed at the GF13, the 3rd International Symposium on Gluten-Free Foods and Beverages, in Vienna, Austria, 12-14 June 2013!

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Some 180 participants from 33 countries discussed new findings in clinical research and new developments of gluten-free foods and beverages as well as innovative and reliable analytical tools to assure absence of wheat gluten/gliadin and its analogues from barley, rye and oats in gluten-free labelled and naturally gluten-free foods. An additional topical emphasis was also given to the use of alternative and minor cereals for the development and production of GF foods and beveages. The record participation and the lively discussions at this specialized meeting showed growing interest and increased importance of GF for societies around the globe. The series of GF conferences will be continued after the successful meetings in Cork - Ireland (2007), Tampere - Finland (2010), and Vienna - Austria (2013), with the next one planned in Edmonton – Canada in 2016 and nominated for 2019 are the Netherlands.

The 3rd International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products and Beverages including a small exhibition was organised by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria in partnership with the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC). The three day event gave new insights in GF related issues in the whole food supply chain from clinical aspects, agricultural, analytical and processing research and innovation to consumer needs and industrial offerings. This multidisciplinary approach attracted international scientists and technologists, specialists from coeliac societies, health professionals, physicians, breeders, millers, bakers, food processors, suppliers and retailers. Naturally, gluten-free foods were available throughout the conference. At this point the organisers represented by Dr. Regine Schönlechner (BOKU) and Dr. Roland Ernest Poms (ICC) would like to thank all sponsors for their support.

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The keynote lectures given by Dr. Harald Vogelsang from the Vienna General Hospital, Austria, and Andreas Vecsei from St. Anna Children's Hospital, Austria, described the clinical background and the societal significance of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. It was a special and very unique experience to follow 15 year old Paul Vecsei in his description of his life with celiac disease and the challenges an affected adolescent has to deal with on a day-to-day basis. 120 published abstracts (published by ICC, 40 oral presentations and 70 posters elaborated on the following topics that were included in 10 different technical sessions:

  • The Gluten-Free Diet
  • Searching of the limits – analytical aspects of gluten detection
  • Gluten-free food processing and products – new trends
  • Novel approaches towards healthier gluten-free bread and pasta products
  • Deeper insights in gluten-free baking and processing
  • Recent efforts in plant breeding for gluten-free raw materials
  • Traditional food processing of minor cereals- future use for gluten-free processing?
  • And in the end of the day a beer – developments in gluten-free beer brewing
  • Podium discussion: Gluten-Free: State-of-the-Art and Future Needs

An exhibition of gluten-free products, innovative analytical tools for gluten-free analysis and baking quality assessment, and other industry and research offerings, as well as several satellite events complemented the conference:

  • 13 June 2013, 14:00-18:00, at ICC Headquarters - MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Workshop
  • 17-21 June 2013, 14:00-18:00, at BOKU Vienna - Joint MoniQA/BOKU Workshop on Reference Material and Method Validation
  • 19 June 2013, 15:00-17:00, at BOKU Vienna - Joint MoniQA/IAM Mini Workshop on Method Performance and Analytical Uncertainty (see

The main take home messages and conclusions of the GF13 Conference are summarized below:

  • Severity of celiac disease for affected individuals can be summarized as follows: "A mg of gluten a day will keep mucosa recovery away" (MD Andreas Vecsei, St. Anna Children Hospital, Vienna, Austria).
  • There are still analytical challenges with the currently available methods to determine gluten in foods and beverages, but a lot has been achieved in the past 15 years, when remaining gluten in starches was still determined by nitrogen content determination - in the percentage range rather than parts per million (Prof. Peter Köhler, Technical University of Munich, Germany).
  • We can learn much from traditional foods and apply indigenous knowledge for the development and production of innovative gluten-free foods. However, we need to be considerate of the local livelihoods from where we gain and exploit knowledge (Prof. John Taylor, University of Pretoria, South Africa).
  • Codex Alimentarius has been an effective platform to help increase the safety and choice of products for gluten intolerant individuals. With new food products being developed and genetically modified and other new grain varieties emerging, one needs to stay alert and continuously communicating potential new risks for gluten intolerant individuals who make up on average 1% and in some areas a lot more than 6% of the general population (Mrs. Hertha Deutsch, Austrian Association of Celiac Disease, Austria).
  • The market share for gluten-free products is substantially larger than the number of diagnosed gluten intolerant individuals, who need to avoid gluten-containing foods for a life-time. It is important to note that market and price considerations shall not negatively impact the offerings of high quality and safe food products for gluten intolerant individuals (Prof. Elke Arendt, University College Cork, Ireland).

BOKU and ICC would like to thank all speakers, session chairs, sponsors and other contributors for their support to make this conference a success. On behalf of the organising committee of the 4th GF conference and its chair Dr. Michael Gänzle from the University of Alberta we would like to extend the invitation to the 4th International Symposium on Gluten-Free Good Products and Beverages in Alberta, Canada in June 2016!

Dr. Regine Schoenlechner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria,
Dr. Roland Ernest Poms, International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), Vienna, Austria,

ICC mourns the death of Mrs Hildegard Reigner

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ICC mourns the death of Mrs Hildegard Reigner who passed away on 21 March 2013. Mrs. Reigner was ICC Executive Secretary starting right at the establishment of the Association in 1955 and served in ICC for several decades, until the early 1980s. ICC Headquarters' staff still remember celebrating Mrs. Reigner's 90th birthday on 8 March 2009.

She will be missed.

Report of the EuroFoodChem XVII, 7-10 May 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

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The EuroFoodChem XVII Organising Committee and the official conference supporters, ICC and MoniQA, are delighted to announce that there was an overwhelming response to the conference with over 800 abstracts from more than 80 countries.

The 17th edition of the EuroFoodChem, held in Istanbul, Turkey, 7-10 May 2013, organised and chaired by the ICC National Delegate of Turkey and coopted MoniQA Supervisory Board Member, Prof. Hamit Köksel from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. The location reflected the role of Istanbul as a meeting point for East and West at the crossroad of different continents and cultures.

EuroFoodChem XVII is the latest in the series of flagship conferences organised by the Food Chemistry Division of EuCheMS and the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences.

EuroFoodChem XVII had more than 700 participants from 75 countries, including researchers, policy makers, representatives from industries and SMEs in the areas of food production, as well as students and professionals who would like to get up-to-date information and to establish international collaboration. The event was an excellent opportunity for networking and extending cooperation.

EuroFoodChem XVII Istanbul by numbers:

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19th Symposium "Capabilities of Vegetable Proteins", IGV, Nuthetal, Germany, 15-16 April 2013

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The Symposium entitled "Potentiale Pflanzlicher Proteine" (Capabilities of Vegetable Proteins) that took place 15-16 April 2013 in Nuthetal, Germany, offered a platform for exchange of expertise, findings, necessary examinations and expectations of producers and consumers on the topic and was attended by 120 experts from 14 countries from research and industry. An increased production and usage of plant proteins will be a main focus of many European countries in the future. In the past years, too little attention was given to legumes as an important source of protein from various points of view such as agronomical, technological, biochemical, physiological, ecological and economical. Also the potential of proteins from cereals, potatoes and other plants remain to be further explored. This symposium gave an impulse to push activities and to integrate the consumer at an early stage in science and technology developments.

Jan Willem van der Kamp honoured "Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau" endorsed by the Queen of the Netherlands

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At the annual Royal Award Day, 26 April 2013, Jan Willem van der Kamp, was awarded the prestigious title "Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau" endorsed by the Queen of the Netherlands. Jan Willem van der Kamp, who has been a long standing ICC official in various functions (ICC Honorary President, Chair of the ICC Academy, ICC Region Representative for Europe, and member of the ICC Governing and Executive Committees), was honoured by the decision of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (since 30 April 2013 Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands) due to Jan Willem van der Kamp's volunteer work for:

  • The Remonstrant (Arminian) Church, in Rotterdam, and at the national level as Chair of the Board 2006-2011
  • The Music School at Nieuwerkerk, as Chairman of the Board 1983-1995
  • His activities for ICC, at the national and international level.

ICC proudly congratulates Jan Willem van der Kamp to this honour. ICC would like to thank Jan Willem van der Kamp for promoting ICC and its activities around the globe and even to her majesty's attention.

Roland Poms from ICC meets with leaders and research staff at Curtin University in Perth, Australia

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Roland Poms, ICC Secretary General, visited Curtin University on 19-20 March 2013. Roland Poms was in Perth to meet with Lara Cato (AEGIC) and Vicky Solah, who are on the organising committee for the ICC Conference in Association with the 63rd Cereal Chemistry Conference, Fremantle, Perth, 25 – 28 August 2013 and to discuss final conference arrangements.

Roland Poms also met with Bruce Maycock (Head of School of Public Health), Charlie Thorn (ORD) and Janet Bornman (Director, International Institute of Agri-Food Security- IIAFS) and Food Science and Nutrition researchers to discuss international research opportunities and the "International Food Security Research Collaborators meeting" which will be organised by Curtin University and also held in August 2013.

First Joint ICC/Romer Labs Roadshow and Workshops on Food Allergen Management and Analysis in Australia – a great success!

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The Austrian based ICC – International Association for Cereal Science and Technology and Romer Labs Singapore (ICC Corporate Member since 2006) organised a series of workshops in Australia to provide training and up-to-date information on effective food allergen management and analysis. Locally the meetings were managed and accompanied by Sydney based Louis Petrin from Arrow Scientific

Over 70 participants from food industry, consulting firms, and policy makers, used this unique opportunity to learn and discuss about the basics of food allergens and the specific challenges in effectively managing the potential risks of undeclared allergens or cross-contaminating allergens in food products. Labelling requirements and best practice examples, production strategies to avoid cross-contact with various allergenic foods not intended as ingredient were included in the selected topics as well as theoretical and practical training on how to best monitor and test for product safety and thus documenting an effective food allergen management system.

The workshops were held in Brisbane (Monday 11 March 2013), Sydney (Wednesday 13 March 2013) and Melbourne (Friday 15 March 2013). Australian and international food allergen experts and method developers gave in depth insight in the most recent findings and the latest technologies.

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HEALTHGRAIN Forum Spring Meeting, Harpenden, UK, 26-27 March 2013

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From 26-27 March 2013 the biannual HEALTHGRAIN Forum Spring Meeting took place at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK. The meeting covered interesting topics such as metabolomics of phytochemicals in grains; new scientific findings in the field of processing and chemistry as well as consumption and health. The meeting was attended by some 50 HEALTHGRAIN Forum members.

ICC Services GmbH publishes Scientific & Regulatory Updates

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What started as a service open to HEALTHGRAIN Forum members only is now open to anyone with an interest in nutrition legislation with emphasis on EU regulations.

The Scientific & Regulatory Updates prepared by David Richardson, DPR Nutrition Limited, UK, and published by ICC Services GmbH, provide detailed information about legislative changes in the field of nutrition. The Updates, supported by legislative documents, provide detailed information about regulatory changes in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health which regulate health and nutrition claims in the EU; newly published EFSA scientific opinions; European Commission guidance documents, recommendations, and proposals for legislative changes; and regulatory changes at the level of the FAO and WHO.

To receive your Scientific & Regulatory Updates and any supporting documents, you need to subscribe and sign up at icc-gmbh [AT] icc [dot] or [dot] at

The Scientific & Regulatory Updates appear 10 times per year. A yearly subscription per institution costs € 1,000 + VAT.

Download an example Scientific & Regulatory Update here.

New Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management FP7 project iFAAM kicked off in Manchester, March 2013

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The world's biggest ever study of allergies - spearheaded by the University of Manchester - officially kicked-off 18th to 20th March 2013. The € 9 million project builds on an earlier € 14.3 million research study and will involve the world's leading experts in the UK, Europe, Australia and US. Together they mark the biggest study of food allergy in the world.

Coordinated by Clare Mills from University of Manchester, the iFAAM Project (Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management) aims at developing evidence-based approaches and tools for MANAGEMENT of ALLERGENS in FOOD and integrate knowledge derived from their application and new knowledge from intervention studies into FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT plans and dietary advice. The MoniQA Association leads a WP on translating iFAAM developed tools and food allergen management approaches to practise. ICC supports the project as 3rd Party.

iFAAM receives funding from the European Commission 7th Framework Programme (Grant Agreement N° 312147).

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ICC welcomes Brazil, India and New Zealand as new Country Members

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  • Brazil, represented by Fernanda Siqueira, Granotec do Brasil S.A.

  • India, represented by Mr. Ajit Kumar, NIFTEM - National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management

  • New Zealand, represented by Dr. Charles Brennan, Lincoln University

ICC welcomes its newest Country Members complementing to the global reach of ICC's collaboration partners and international expertise. Considering persistent and emerging issues concerning globalization, food security, food safety, disparity in knowledgebase and wealth distribution, a global approach to solving these issues locally is of great importance. With its longstanding and trusted expertise in managing and supporting research, innovation, training and dissemination activities, ICC membership offers a whole range benefits and access points to third party funded research projects, method development and standardization, workshop and training opportunities and discounts on conferences and publications.

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The 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 01 March 2013 - a great success!

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Some 200 participants from some 50 countries attended the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary. The main focus of the conference was "Food Safety under Global Pressure of Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises".

Emerging issues and the various aspects of the interrelation between food safety, food security, economy development and globalization were presented and discussed in some 80 oral presentations in 20 technical sessions and close to 80 posters. The 6 keynote speakers at the start and at the end of the conference embedded the conference topics in both a global picture of the current situation as well as gave an expert glimpse into the future. We were proud to have had the following keynote speakers with us:

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ICC mourns the death of Eric Bond

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It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Eric Bond on 1 March 2013.

Eric was ICC President from 1970-72. Subsequently he was made an Honorary President and a Fellow of the ICC Academy.

Eric was the inaugural Director of the Australian Bread Research Institute from 1947 until his retirement and a leading light in the wheat, flour milling and baking industries in Australia and Internationally for decades. He was a recipient of the prestigious Farrer (1971) and Guthrie (1979) Medals and was ICC President from 1970-72.

Eric was a Founder of the Australian Cereal Chemistry Division, and was a recipient of the Division's highest award, the Frederick Guthrie medal. Recently, the Australasian Grain Science Association has created an award called the "Eric E. Bond Award for Grain Science and Technology", less formally, known as The Bond Medal.

Eric Bond will be greatly missed by everybody who knew him.

Bob Cracknell, ICC Deputy National Delegate of Australia, will attend the funeral in Sydney on 6 March and will represent ICC there.

ICC mourns the death of Dr. Arie H. Bloksma

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ICC mourns the death of Dr. Arie H. Bloksma, The Netherlands, who passed away on 21 February 2013.
Arie Bloksma was a highly respected scientist - a founding father or cereal physical chemistry and dough rheology.

His ICC involvements in the past:

  • Chair of Working Group "Acidity"
  • National Delegate and Member of the ICC Executive Committee
  • First Recipient of the Friedrich Schweitzer Medal

Arie Bloksma will be greatly missed by everybody who knew him.

Prof. Dr. Meuser, Professor emeritus, Technical University Berlin - awarded with Schweitzer Medal

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17 January 2013, at the 42nd Conference of the Berlin-Brandenburg Society of Cereal Research, ICC Academy Chair Jan Willem van der Kamp summarized the important contributions of Professor Meuser both to the furtherance of cereal science and technology and to ICC. He handed out to Prof. Meuser the Schweitzer Medal, a prestigious ICC Award, delivered since its establishment in 1990, on average less than once a year.

Prof. Meuser made significant contributions to cereal science and to its implementation into industrial practice. Highlights in the many fields covered by Prof. Meuser are the development of the scientific basis of starch extrusion methodology and of starch – gluten separation processes, where he can be considered as the founding father. In ICC he served as chair of the Working Group Carbohydrates and Study Group HTST Extrusion and was active in a wide range of Conferences. Above all, starting already in 1978, he established the basis for the relationships between ICC and China. A relationship that intensified in the past decade and culminated in 2012 with the highly successful 14th Cereal and Bread Congress in Beijing, China, 6-9 August 2013.

ICC represented at high level Food Security Summit: The Economist’s Feeding the World 2013

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Jan Willem van der Kamp, ICC European Region Representative, and Roland Poms, ICC Secretary General, will represent HealthGrain Forum and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, respectively, at The Economist's inaugural Feeding the World summit. A high-level audience will gather in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 30 January 2013, to discuss how to accelerate progress in coordinating efforts to tackle the planet's food security crisis.

Industry leaders, Government ministers, donors, aid agencies and representatives of the research community will explore opportunities to collaborate in delivering improved nutrition and sustainable agricultural markets.

During an intensive afternoon designed to provide practical solutions to existing problems, delegates will select between one of three expert working groups on the subject of:

  • Nutrition – what are the best ways to address the nutritional double burden of obesity and malnutrition?
  • Finance and risk management – what is the potential for microfinance and micro-insurance to strengthen food security?
  • Science and technology – what is the effectiveness and potential of a number of approaches to boosting yield and productivity?

Places at the event will be limited to allow audience interaction during sessions and optimal networking opportunities.

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Pre-Conference Workshops at the 4th MoniQA International Conference

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Make sure to use this unique opportunity and register for any of the exciting
pre-conference workshops on
Tuesday 26 February 2013 during your stay in Budapest!

01: Horizon 2020 - Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda
In this MoniQA and ICC organized workshop representatives from National contact Points (NCPs), Technology platform (Food for Life) and Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) will present ways of actively contributing to the H2020 European food safety research agenda and participants get the chance to present their cases and questions, share ideas with the experts and create the basis for their future involvement. Find more details under

02: Quality Assurance aspects of mycotoxin testing
The organisers of this workshop, Trilogy Analytical Laboratory, introduced a proficiency testing scheme using reference materials 'Double Check' which is an excellent tool in the quality assurance process of mycotoxin analysis. In this workshop the use of this proficiency testing will be demonstrated. See for more.

03: Risk Communication
The communication of the safety risks along the food production chain is an interactive process of exchange of information and opinion among risk assessors, risk managers, and other interested parties. During the workshop, eminent representatives of public organisations, research institutes and industry will present strategies and actions aimed to favour a constructive dialog among the stakeholders and to improve the correct delivery of the information about safety risks to the consumers. This workshop is organised by ISEKI Food Association (IFA) – please note that for this workshop an additional fee applies which includes one free year of IFA membership. Go to to find more details and registration information.

04: Open debate on hot topics in food safety for the future
During this half day workshop which will be held in cooperation with the workshop "Horizon 2020 – Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda" representatives from the EU-funded network FOODSEG, workshop organizer, will present the results of the network´s working groups impacting topics on food quality and safety. The results of this workshop will be used in order to promote these topics to the European Commission, EFSA, Technology platforms and others.
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05: Demonstration training on food modelling tools for evaluation of the impact of microstructure on nutritional and sensory properties
The aim of the demonstration training is to disseminate the food modelling tools to the industry and to the food authorities. The training will cover explanation of the practical steps, practices and hints for the use of the models, warnings about typical traps and malpractices and will assist the knowledge transfer on the models at a national level. Workshop Organiser: Dream project. More workshop details under

06: Young Scientist Forum
The Young Scientist Forum at the 4th International MoniQA Conference will provide an informal forum where young scientists get the opportunity to present their research in a 10 minute oral presentation and to discuss their results with other young and also with more experienced researchers from all over the world. Organised by BME and MoniQA young scientists. Visit for more.


Participation for the listed workshops except 03 - Risk Communication is included in the conference registration fee. If you wish to participate only in one or up to two workshops without a full conference registration, you must register online with a One Day Pass for the specific day at

To register for the specific workshops - if you have already registered for the conference itself, please contact Zsuzsanna Bugyi at BME (bugyi [AT] mail [dot] bme [dot] hu).


You are also invited to attend the General Meeting of GHI - the Global Harmonization Initiative, taking place on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 from 16:00 till 18:00 (parallel to main conference sessions). This meeting has been planned to allow members of GHI and other participants in the MoniQA Conference who are interested in what GHI is doing, to give an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any issues that are considered important. A similar meeting had been organised during the IUFoST World Congress in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil in August last year. That meeting was very successful and productive, hence it was decided to repeat such meetings when there is an opportunity. Register by email with Irena Šoljić (irena [dot] soljic [AT] gmail [dot] com).

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