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Scientific Program

The symposium will focus on food safety and quality, considering protection of the integrity of the food supply chain as a holistic process.

The symposium will have the following objectives:

1. Bring together experts to present contemporary and novel applications, identify gaps and discuss future perspectives and opportunities;
2. Provide a forum for interdisciplinary networking between professionals from different backgrounds, including industry, national institutes, academia, and public and private bodies;
3. Facilitate a broad understanding of the topics involved; and
4. Promote peaceful applications of nuclear technologies.

The target audience includes:

1. Food scientists and laboratory analysts
2. Policy makers
3. Regulators
4. Food producers and the private sector
5. United Nations agencies such as: WHO, FAO, and UNIDO
6. Research institutes and universities

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Analytical technologies for food authentication, traceability and contaminant control


    • Isotopic and elemental ‘fingerprinting’ for food traceability and authenticity

    • Analytical methods to detect adulterants and contaminants in food

    • Tests to detect and authenticate irradiated food

  • Food irradiation — new technological approaches and applications for reducing food waste and food losses, as well as improving food security and safety


    • Shelf life extension

    • Microbiological decontamination

    • Insect disinfestation (quarantine treatment)

  • Climate change and other environmental and related factors that impact food safety and quality


    • Integrated analytical techniques for food safety and environmental sustainability

    • Applications of food irradiation and analytical techniques to moderate damages associated with climate change

    • The use of radiotracers and stable isotopes for transfer studies and contaminant traceability

  • Chemometrics, statistical methods and predictive models in food analysis

  • Emerging threats to the integrity of the food supply chain and potential control techniques

  • International guidelines/standards/regulations for consumer protection and international trade