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President's message

Dear GHI Members and Subscribers to this Newsletter,

It is a pleasure to send you again a newsletter with real news. Because everybody in GHI is a volunteer and contributes free time, we agreed not to pay too much attention to the sequence of the news, but just concentrate on the contents. Your comments of course are very welcome, as always.
Huub Lelieveld, 31  August 2018.
GHI musical performance during the first GHI Congress

Having seen Marco Dalla Rosa performing during a dinner of another conference and being very impressed, I asked Marco if he would be willing to arrange musical performance during the dinner of the 1st GHI Congress. Marco is willing to do so, provided that there will be enough musical talents among the participants willing to join. Hence: if you intend to participate in the congress ( www.ghiworldcongress.org) and are willing to show your musical skills, please c ontact Prof. Marco Dalla Rosa at marco.dallarosa@unibo.it

Publications of potential interest to GHI members

When we know about publications that are relevant to the intentions of GHI and therefore of potential interest to the GHI community, we announce them in the newsletter.

Recent publications by the GHI Ambassador in Shri Lanka, Dr. Viduranga Y. Waisundara

Palm Oil

Palm oil is an industrially and agriculturally important crop, where crude palm oil itself can be processed into many downstream products. The palm oil industry remains vital to many countries since its cultivation has led to socio-economic advancements and growth in gross domestic product. Nevertheless, palm oil cultivation has led to adverse effects on farming practices resulting in deforestation and climate change. Thus, palm oil production is a matter of global impact, especially on environmental factors. Bearing these aspects in mind, this book primarily focuses on various aspects of the palm oil industry, principally its impact on the current consumer market as a crop of agricultural and industrial value and effects on the environment. Therefore, its contents would be of value and relevance to the GHI members as well.

The book is open access and therefore can be freely downloaded from https://www.intechopen.com/books/palm-oil

Diabetes Food Plan

Diabetes is a global pandemic with a rising prevalence, thereby, imparting a significant financial burden upon countries and economies. This book aims at serving as an update in highlighting gaps and voids as well as providing insights into novel developments of this non-communicable disease condition. In essence, this compilation concludes that worldwide initiatives and consensus to reduce the incidence of the disease is required, starting with making informed choices about diabetes and possible dietary interventions in preventing its occurrence.
Comment by Dr. V. Prakash, GHI Board Member
"This is an excellent compilation with 11 Mantras as Chapters and is very useful to not only persons who are suffering with Diabetes Mellitus but also to those who want to reduce calories and eat Healthy Diet with Food Plan. I congratulate the authors and editors."
This book too is open access and can be downloaded from https://www.intechopen.com/books/diabetes-food-plan

Recent publication by the GHI Ambassadors in Kenya, Benard Oloo, Lanoi Daisy and Ruth Oniang'o

Food Safety Legislation in Some Developing Countries

This is a chapter in the book "Food Safety - Some Global Trends". Developing countries host small scale food enterprises, often managed by non-food technologists who are reluctant to engage expensive food technologists. They also tend to be skeptical of regulating institutions and lack knowledge about regulations. It is considered critical that these issues are addressed and that food safety standards are implemented. This chapter reviews these unique challenges and presents case studies from Asia, West and East Africa and discusses innovative approaches/strategies that could accelerate implementation of food safety legislations in the developing world.

The chapter can be downloaded from:
Translations of Share Sheet 1 - Harmonisation: Feeding People, Fueling Innovation

Share Sheet 1 explaining food safety has been translated into >15  languages, so that the matter is easier to understand by people in countries where English is not understood well by everybody interested in the subject.  The links to download the translations can be found on the Ambassador webpages  (see https://www.globalharmonization.net/ambassador-country-list ) and in the GHI library ( https://www.globalharmonization.net/share-sheets-and-whitepapers ).
Scientific Trends of Global Food Laws and Regulations

The publisher of  Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS; see https://www.wageningenacademic.com/loi/qas ), Wageningen Academic Publishers, is going to publish a special issue of the journal. Anybody interested in submitting an article is invited to write to the Guest Editor Prof. Dr. Hamid Ezzatpanah <hamid.ezzatpanah@globalharmonization.net>.

To debunk the vast amount of nonsense about the use of genetic modification to help reduce food insecurity, in 2017 the movie "Food Evolution" has been produced. It is a great and clear movie explaining genetic modification in a way that is easily understood. For a review of the movie, see https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/movies/food-evolution-review.html. The impressive movie trailer can be viewed at https://www.foodevolutionmovie.com.
Pre-release DVDs are available for conferences, associations and professional member organizations. Anybody interested in screening the movie may contact the Community Screenings Campaign Manager, Michelle Fawcett <michelle@foodevolutionmovie.com>.
Grains are important for food and nutrient security, all over the globe. The ICC International Conference -  GRAINS FOR WELLBEING , 5-8 Nov 2018 in Taipei, will provide a platform for exchanging research outcome and to discuss the trends in the grains industry.
Food safety and health institutes in the world
The Working Group "Global Incident Alert Network" has started two projects, "Global Incident Alert Network for Unauthorized Food Additives" (GIANUFA) and "Global Incident Alert Network for Pathogens in Food (GIANPIF)". More details will soon be on the WG webpage. One of the objectives of the WG is to rapidly inform authorities in case of a serious food safety incident that has not yet been reported in any other way. For that reason, it is important to have a complete and correct list of food safety authorities and institutes in all countries. GHI Ambassadors therefore are asked to provide such information. For countries without GHI Ambassadors we invite members to provide such information (we also invite candidates for GHI Ambassadorship in these countries, see https://www.globalharmonization.net/ambassadors ).
Much information is on webpage:
but may have to be updated or completed.
Conferences & Meetings  

GHI regularly makes presentations and holds general and working group meetings in conjunction with scientific and food industry conferences around the globe.

Please check
our website for details and links, or   contact us via email to submit listings.

1st International Conference on Innovations in Food Ingredients & Food Safety
12-14 September 2018, Bangkok, Thailand 
Organized by: AIT - Asian Institute of Technology & IFA - ISEKI-Food Association
in cooperation with ASIFood and SEA-ABT Project Partner Institutions
For details, visit the website
GHI has been invited to participate in the programme. Anybody interested is invited to contact GHI Board Member Dr. Gerhard Schleining (gerhard.schleining@boku.ac.at).

Science, Food, Society
EFSA Scientific Conference 2018
18-21 September 2018, Parma Italy 
The EFSA conference 2018 is constructed around the motto "contextualising risk assessment." This means reflecting on the future of risk assessment in food safety while acknowledging the social and political context within which it operates. For information, visit the website
GHI has been recognised as an Academic Stakeholder of EFSA.

Innovations in Food Analytics-
An International Conference & Expo
19-21 September 2018
Erding, Munich, Germany

Organized by Acad-Indus International Conventions in cooperation with Global Harmonization Initiative and Stadthalle Erding. For the first of its kind, this conference will attract delegates across the world to present their research and ideas and network with scientists from industry and academia. Please visit the conference website for details.

UNIFood Conference
October 5-6 2018 University of Belgrade 210th Anniverrsary

The University of Belgrade (Serbia) celebrates its 210th Anniversary this year. One of the events to celebrate this is the organisation of the UNIFood Conference to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on 5 and 6 October 2018. This conference is supported by GHI and you are invited to join this event. Detailed information can be found on http://unifood.rect.bg.ac.rs/index.php.

B-FoST Conference
15-17 October 2018
Yerevan, Armenia

GHI is a supporting organization, and will hold a GHI General Meeting at this conference. Please visit the conference website for details.

19th IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress
23 -27 October 2018
Mumbai, India

Registration is now open for IUFoST 2018, which brings together researchers, academicians, professionals, policy makers and food scientists and industries to explore the latest advances in our understanding of food in all its manifestations, including food safety, food security, regulations, innovations in food processing, hygienic design and engineering, frontier areas in food science and technology, novel food products, markets and consumer preferences.
Download the IUFoST information flyer and/or the IUFoST 2018 leaflet here. GHI is a supporting organization, and will hold a GHI General Meeting at this conference. Find out more at the conference website.

32nd EFFoST International Conference
6-8 November 2018
Nantes, France

This year's theme is: Developing innovative food structures and functionalities through process and reformulation to satisfy consumer needs and expectations Abstract Submission Deadline: 27 April 2018. GHI is a supporting organization of this conference. Find out more at the conference website.

The website at  www.ghiworldcongress.org   has been and will continuously be updated. Please check for detailed information.
Second GHI Book Available

Editors: V. Prakash, Olga Martin-Belloso, Larry Keener, Sian Astley, Susanne Braun, Helena McMahon and Huub Lelieveld
2015  |  536 pages  |  Elsevier Academic Press
Regulating Safety of Traditional and Ethnic Foods is the second book in the GHI Series published by Elsevier Academic Press. Authors examine a variety of traditional foods from around the world, their risks and benefits, and how regulatory steps may assist in establishing safe parameters for these foods without reducing their cultural or nutritive value in today's diets. Visit the Elsevier Store page for pricing and ordering details. GHI members receive a 30% discount by using the special code GHI30.
Order Your Copy of GHI's First Book and Receive a 30% Discount

Based on the principles of GHI, Ensuring Global Food Safety: Exploring Global Harmonization offers a rational and multi-faceted approach to current food safety issues, while arguing that a science-based global regulatory framework will enhance the safety, availability and quality of the food supply worldwide.

Get a 30% discount by using Code GHI30 when you order your copy from Academic Press/Elsevier...


Founded in 2004 as a joint activity of the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) International Division and the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) is a network of scientific organizations and individual scientists working together to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation. For more information, please visit our website at

GHI has legal non-profit entity status and its charter and constitution are registered in Vienna, Austria as the GHI-Association (ZVR453446383).

GHI is an initiative of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), which is the European part of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and the International Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). GHI is supported by the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) and many other organizations.