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President's message

Dear GHI Members and Subscribers to GHI Matters,
Again, I hope you will find interesting information in this issue and I also like to mention that you may use GHI Matters also as a way of communicating important messages relevant to the goal and methods of GHI to the readers.

The year 2018 has been an important year for GHI, involving much energy from active members. These are not only our Directors, Working Group leaders and Ambassadors, but also many other GHI members, who have given presentations at many places on all continents; have been writing and editing chapters for GHI books - already published or in preparation; have been active in Working Groups and participating in meetings with authorities. The next year, 2019 promises even more demanding, including the 1st GHI Congress!

Because this is the last GHI Matters of 2018, on behalf of the entire Board I express appreciation to all those active members who spent free time on the goals of GHI. Without them there would be no progress.
I wish every reader, wherever on the globe, a pleasant time and a prosperous 2019.

Kind regards,
Huub Lelieveld, 18 December 2018.

The "Early Bird" registration period is over, we are now in the Regular registration phase and because we did not manage to send out a reminder in time, the Regular registration will be prolonged till the end of this year. To use it, go to  GHI Congress Registration.

The Congress is taking shape as can be seen from the list of speakers and the preliminary programme on the website, www.ghiworldcongress.org. Please submit your abstract before 15 January 2019 here.

Other important conferences, see below!

Translations of GHI Share Sheet 1 and other documents

Share Sheet 1, focussing of chemical food safety, can be downloaded from the GHI Library website.
The document has been translated in many languages and may be used for information and education purposes. Feel free to send the Share Sheet in the language of choice to anyone you feel should read it. The translations have been made in the knowledge that at least half of the world population does not understand English.

There are many more documents that may be downloaded, in particular the Consensus document on food irradiation may be important in your country. If it is, feel free to translate the Press Release

GHI Ambassadors

As you can see on the Ambassadors webpage GHI has ambassadors in most, but not yet all, countries with more than half a million inhabitants. It is important to have them everywhere and therefore if you know motivated scientists who are interested in GHI Ambassadorship, please direct them to the webpage and in particular to the description of the position (visit here and see here).  If seriously interested, they may write a message to Alina Gostin, Director Ambassador Programme (alina.gostin@globalharmonization.net)

The GHI-endorsed 10th International Congress "Flour-Bread '19 takes place from 11 -14 June 2019, ( http://www.ptfos.unios.hr/flour-bread/ ).  The Congress is organized by the Faculty of Food Technology Osijek (PTFOS), Croatian Food Agency (HAH), International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC), ISEKI Food Association (IFA) and Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI). The Congress celebrates its 10th international jubilee. Congress Topics are Cereals and Climate Changes, Food Safety, Product Quality, Processing Technologies, Health and Waste Management. You are invited to contribute to the programme of the Congress and to participate in social events that will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and experience with your colleagues, and discuss possibilities for networking and collaboration.
Brief Report of 19th IUFoST World Congress, Mumbai, India

The 19th IUFoST World Congress which was held in Mumbai was a very successful event in the series of World Congresses held in alternate years had very high science content with the latest science being deliberated with Five Plenary addresses, One Distinguished Lecture, Thirty one Special Addresses and nearly 260 Invited Talks in about 70 Scientific Sessions. The Posters were about 600 and represented nearly 75 countries with a record number of Exhibitors adding to 90 Expo Booths. Several awards were given to Young Scientists and Career Awardees and also topped up with Business Conclave Sessions and the agenda of Food Safety was addressed in many sessions and GHI had one of the major sessions on Food Safety and GHI took the advantage of the meeting and had the Board Meeting, the General Assembly and even informal discussion of some of the members of Working Groups which were present in Mumbai. The Networking of Academia, Industries and Regulators was also highlighted in many sessions in the Congress. The next Congress is scheduled at New Zealand during 2020.
V. Prakash
Chair of the 19th IUFoST
World Congress at Mumbai, India.

Benefit from the Early Bird registration fee - register before 15 January 2019.
On 24 and 25 April 2019 the 19th ICC Conference will take place at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. This conference is certainly important with respect to food security in the world. It will cover production, processing, nutrition, analysis, new products and technologies, food safety and quality assurance, and more. For details, see http://icc2019.icc.or.at/en/?idU=1.

This is an early announcement of the ISEKI-Food Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. Just to make sure you will have it booked in your agenda.
More information about ISEKI meetings and other activities can be found on https://www.iseki-food.net
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.

The website at  www.ghiworldcongress.org   has been and will continuously be updated. Please check for detailed information.
"Nutrition and health aspects of traditional and ethnic foods in Nordic Countries"

Edited by Veslemøy Andersen, Eirin Bar And Gun Wirtanen, is the first volume of the series of 26 books a bout the topic, covering the entire globe. This volume discusses the nutrition and health aspects of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland as well as Sápmi, also known as Lapland. It is published by Elsevier/Academic Press 2018. ISBN: 978-0-12-809456-3 (eBook) and 9780128094167 (print). Note that, as with all food science books published by Elsevier, using the code GHI30 gives you a 30% discount.

Copies of the first two GHI's books are still available:  

Ensuring Global Food Safety  - Exploring Global Harmonization.
Elsevi er/Academic Press, 2009.

ISBN: 9780123748454 (print) 9780080889306 (eBook)

Regulating Safety of Traditional and Ethnic Foods. 
Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015.

9780128006054 (print) 9780128006207 (eBook) 


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.