The NIST Food Safety Workshop will bring experts from the food industry, government, academia, and support organizations (e.g., trade and standards organizations, instrument manufacturers) together with metrology experts to discuss challenges and possible solutions facing laboratories charged with ensuring the safety of the US and global food supply.

The program includes numerous world-renowned experts in food safety, and over 40 posters will be presented.

Registration closes Monday, October 21

After the workshop, the planning committee will work with other major contributors to prepare and publish a white paper summarizing needs and possible measurement science solutions and technology transfer opportunities in these areas of food safety. This white paper will inform the future directions of NIST and CSD efforts in ensuring the safety of the national and international food supply. A second, complementary white paper on the broader international capabilities across NMIs and prospective actions to ensure global food safety will be generated.

Get the most out of your trip to Maryland by also attending the 3rd MoniQA/USP Symposium , to be held October 31 – November 1, in Rockville, MD! Only 5 miles apart, the two meetings will offer diverse and complementary programs.
You won’t want to miss this important opportunity to provide input on the future directions of the NIST food safety program!

On Thursday, October 31, visitors from National Metrology Institutes and other interested parties are welcomed to participate in a debrief session to discuss workshop outcomes and ongoing and future measurement services related to food safety. To attend this session, a separate registration (with no fee) is required, so please register here .

NIST has extensive experience in preparation and characterization of reference materials and providing measurement support through quality assurance programs for food nutrition, to support US industry in meeting labeling requirements. Leveraging this expertise as well as strong relationships with stakeholders in the food industry, NIST is poised to be a leader in providing metrology solutions to address food safety challenges. Food safety is a broad topic, ranging from heavy metals, toxins, and residue contamination resulting from growth conditions to allergens, bacteria, or other contamination occurring during processing and/or packaging. Food safety can also extend to authenticity, fraud, and adulteration, or even to potential spoilage. As nearly a $1 trillion contribution to the US GDP, the US food supply represents a huge economic asset, that must be protected.