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Season's greetings to those in the world who celebrate 25 December and the New Year. (I take into account that a very significant part of the world has other celebrations of equal importance on other dates, so please know that I may offer my best wishes on behalf of GHI again during other holiday seasons!).

As you know, GHI has had a successful year, with the relaunch of our website, the publication of our second book, and the growth of our Ambassador Programme. In 2017, we plan to unveil many new activities, initiatives and materials, including the development of a several new GHI Working Groups. We look forward to having many opportunities to work with all of our members as we advocate for science-based food safety law and trade.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have suggestions or ideas that would help GHI to achieve its goals.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season,
Huub Lelieveld
 President, GHI

10% Discount for GHI Members at FoodInnova 2017

It's not too late to register for the 2017 International Conference on Food Innovation (FoodInnova), which will be held in Cesena-Emilia-Romagna, Italy from 31 January to 3 February 2017. GHI is an endorsing organization of the conference.

GHI members will receive a 10% discount on the conference fee. Request the endorser discount coupon code by e-mailing secretariat@foodinnova.com.

GHI President Huub Lelieveld will present the conference keynote, and Dr. Chin-Kun Wang, GHI Ambassador to Taiwan, will also give a GHI presentation. Please check the agenda onsite for dates and times of these presentations, as well as for updates on a GHI General Meeting location.

More information about FoodInnova 2017 can be found on 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.

EFSA Guidelines on Novel and Traditional Foods Finalized   

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published two guidance documents on novel food and traditional food from developing countries to help ensure that these foods are safe before risk managers decide whether they can be marketed in Europe. 

EFSA developed the guidance following the adoption of the new European regulation on novel food in November 2015. The regulation, which comes into effect in January 2018, introduces a centralized assessment and authorization procedure. EU risk managers will decide on the market authorization of novel foods and may ask EFSA to conduct a scientific risk assessment to confirm their safety. Traditional foods are considered a subset of novel foods.

In light of GHI's book on traditional and ethnic foods, members may be interested in the guidance documents because they contain information of interest to those wishing to harmonize food safety regulations.

Visit EFSA's news release page to read more and for links to the documents.

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.

GHI was specifically established to help build global consensus on the scientific evidence underpinning food safety policymaking. This book provides practical examples in key areas such as microbiology, toxicology and nutrition, as well as discusses possible improvements necessary to sustain the integrity of the global food supply in the 21st century. Get a 30% discount by using Code GHI30 when you order your copy from Academic Press/Elsevier...
Member News & Notes
Check out the November/December 2016 issue of QA Magazine for a double-feature interview with GHI President Huub Lelieveld and Vice President Larry Keener.

The interview article, "Global Harmonization: A Meeting of Minds Between Governments," by editor Lisa Lupo, gives insight into GHI's mission and initiatives and sheds light on the challenges and opportunities that global harmonization of food safety regulations represent to industry and consumers.

Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang_o
Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o, GHI Ambassador to Kenya, has published in November 2016 the latest issue of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND).

The issue features 20 peer-reviewed papers on a variety of topics in food safety, nutrition and food security. Highlights from several major conferences and events also are included, including reports from the World Food Prize, the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, and IUFoST 2016. Visit the website to read more...   
GHI Ambassador Web Pages 

GHI Ambassadors! You now have the opportunity to communicate your GHI activities on a web page dedicated to your country or region. Check out the individual Ambassador pages already posted on GHI's new website for ideas and inspiration on what to post!

Please download and complete the GHI Ambassador Web Page Submission Form (.docx) and return it with your photo today!


For more information about becoming a GHI Ambassador, please email Dr. Alina-Ioana Gostin, GHI Ambassador Programme Director.

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.

31 January - 3 February 2017
Cesena, Italy

FoodInnova 2017 will focus on promising innovative technologies, including innovation in packaging science and safety aspects, on food processing sustainability considering the reduction of food losses and by-product valorization and on current research with food "omics" approach. A number of side-events are planned to include specific subjects of discussion among food science students, scientists, professionals and industry representatives. GHI is an endorsing organization of this conference, which is organized by the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. Visit the FoodInnova website for details...

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 www.globalharmonization.net.

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 many other scientific organizations and receives support from the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG).