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JUNE 2018

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President's message

Dear GHI Members and Subscribers to this Newsletter,

It is a pleasure to be able to write a message for GHI Matters again, it means we succeed in producing one every two months with contents that I expect is of interest to you. It is also a pleasure to notice that several working groups are making significant progress. Separately GHI Members (only) have been sent the first draft consensus document, prepared by the WG Preservation Processing. In the next issue (September 2018) you will notice that also other WGs are making progress. Also many GHI Ambassadors have been active and that is why you will find translations of a basic GHI document in several local languages and more to follow soon. These documents may be shared with everybody of whom readers feel  they should understand more about the basics of food safety.

Like everybody else, GHI too needs to comply with laws and for that reason you will find a message about the new EU data protection law.

I thank everybody helping GHI to make progress for their efforts and wish all of you a good time, wherever you are!

Kind regards,
Huub Lelieveld, President, GHI,
30 June 2018
The EU data protection law and the Global Harmonization Initiative

As most of you know from the many message about this subject, on 25 May 2018 the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective. The objective of the GPDR is to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower EU citizens data privacy and to improve the way organisations approach data privacy. The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) has your name, email address and other data in the membership database as provided by you when you applied for membership or as updated by yourself at a later date. The data are used solely for the identification of experts in relation to the objectives of the Global Harmonization Initiative. If you are not a member, you receive "GHI Matters" because you subscribed to the newsletter via the website of GHI.

You may always look at your data and make changes via the website using your username and password. If you have forgotten your password or experience any other difficulty, you may mail us at database@globalharmonization.net. You may also just send a message that you want your data be removed from the GHI database and we shall do so promptly.

"GHI Matters" is sent only to members of GHI and others who have subscribed to the newsletter via the GHI webpage. If you no longer wish to receive the newsletter, just sent a message to cancel@globalharmonization.net.

Following the advise of our Supervisory Board, we are also developing a data protection strategy that we shall publish on the GHI website as soon as possible.

Translations of ShareSheet 1 into local languages

It is with pleasure to notice that the ShareSheet, which basically is about misconception of food safety, has been translated into many languages and in the coming week(s) all translations will be downloadable from "GHI Share Sheets and White Papers" in the menu
under the Library tab. The direct link is:
https://www.globalharmonization.net/share-sheets-and-whitepapers. In addition there will be a reference on every relevant GHI Ambassador page. You may have noticed that the Bulgarian, Croatian, Hungarian and Macedonian versions are available already now.

Reasons for translating
Although most scientists understand English well, often the meaning of English messages is not well understood. This is very apparent from reviewing of articles for scientific journals. In many countries English is the first or second language, but even for native English speaking people, message may be misunderstood. This applies to any language-sentences may be ambiguous in all languages, leading to misinterpretation. In scientific matters, it is very important to avoid this and that is the reason that the first GHI Share Sheet had been written: to explain the principle of food safety in an unambiguous way. For scientists in countries where English is not the first language, even messages written in an unambiguous way may be misinterpreted. That is why correct - peer reviewed - translations are highly desirable. This is even more so, because the message are intended to be the basis of information for non-scientists who should understand the message, such as teachers, politicians, journalists, etc.

GHI is about harmonisation of science based food regulations. Decisions are made by the electorate and it is therefore important that the electorate is informed as good as possible. Share Sheet 1 will also be used as the basis for more simplified but still scientifically correct versions, suitable for publication in non-scientific media. The GHI Working Group "Education and Training of Food Handlers", in cooperation with the Special Interest Group Education of ISEKI intend to produce such simple but correct documents - self-evidently when ready to be translated into local languages.


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, agreed to publish a special issue on ''Scientific Trends of Global Food Laws and Regulations". All GHI members should have received an invitation to submit articles relevant to the activities of GHI. If you are a member but have not seen the invitation, please let us know ( QAS@globalharmonization.net).

General GHI Meeting at the 2018 IFT Annual Meeting and Expo      

Sunday, July 15, 2018 | 9:00-11:00 am
Hyde Park AB, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 
The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) was founded in 2004 by the International Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) as a network of scientific organizations and individual scientists aiming to achieve harmonized global regulations and legislation.

Although GHI is run and managed by volunteers, the number of GHI members continues to increase. Through its working groups (WGs), GHI identifies activities that will help achieve harmonization. One of the main problems that hampers the progress of the WGs is the ability of WG members to meet and talk about ideas and plans and how to better implement them.
A greet-and-meet GHI membership event is planned for Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 9:00-11:00 am in room Hyde Park AB at the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place. This is an early notice so that you can include our event in your busy calendar during the IFT Annual Meeting in Chicago.
GHI Working Group: Ethics in Food Safety Practices

The announcement in the previous issue was the result of confusion between the programme of the IUFoST meeting (Mumbai in October 2018) and that of the 1st GHI World Congress (Leiden, Netherlands, March 2019). The meeting will indeed be during the 1st GHI Congress and the agenda will be published on the Congress website ( www.ghiworldcongress.org ) together with the agendas of the other GHI Working Groups. Anybody with suggestions for the meeting is  welcome to send an email to:
GHI-Congress@globalharmonization.net  or to one of the Chairs of the WG (or the Chairs of any other WG).

GHI Programs at IUFoST 2018
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.

For details see: www.iufost2018.com
During the Congress, on 25 October, 14:00-15:30 there will be a GHI Symposium:
  1. Janitha Liyanage - Identification of food safety issues and a framework for hygiene practices of street-vended food - Sri Lanka example
  2. An-I Yeh - Where and how is the use of new nanoparticles in food processing regulated?
  3. Dominique Taeymans, Nicolas Meneses and Heidi Kotilainen - New food safety preservation technologies push for international harmonisation
  4. Purabi Bose and Bernd van der Meulen - Forest Food Security
  5. Film "TARA - Alpinia nigra," a Landing Together film (Director Purabi Bose)
  6. Questions & Answers
On the same day, from 16:00-17:30 there will be a GHI General Assembly (GA) Meeting that will be open to all interested congress participants (space permitting)
  1. Report on previous GA
  2. Proceedings since last GA
    1. Official recognitions (CAC not accepted, should we try again?; EFSA accepted)
    2. Ambassadors
    3. Working Groups
    4. Meetings, congresses, conferences
    5. Publications (articles, books)
    6. Finances
  3. Elections
    1. Board
    2. Auditors
Save the Date
The website at  www.ghiworldcongress.org has been and will continuously be updated. Please check for detailed information.
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.

European Food Chemistry Congress 
July 26-27, 2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Theme: Investigating the Interrelationships of Food and Human Health.
Franco Pedreschi, GHI Ambassador in Chile, is a member of the Organising Committee and also a speaker at the symposium. He will also discuss GHI in his presentation. For details, visit the website.

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.

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.