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The Netherlands

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After the distribution of several short messages over the past months, it is a pleasure to present you with the Summer 2017 issue of GHI Matters. I take this opportunity to inform you of our intention to organise the 1st GHI Congress , to take place in The Netherlands in Spring 2019. The aim of the congress is to wake up the world to the proven scientific evidence about assessing and controlling food safety that has been accumulated over the past three decades.  

It seems unbelievable that data generated at enormous costs to society remain largely ignored by those who decide on regulations. The problem seems to be that scientists talk with each other but fail to communicate clearly with those who make the decisions, including everybody from politicians to the general public. If we do not bridge the gap, little will happen and people will not benefit from the knowledge generated.

The aim of the GHI Congress is to start bridging the gap by addressing politicians, CEOs, journalists and indeed the general public in a clear, understandable way. Please keep an eye on the GHI website,
www.globalharmonization.net , for more information on this important event. Also, we welcome your suggestions to help make the congress a success.
Huub Lelieveld  
 President, GHI  

Join GHI at the IFT17 General Meeting in
Las Vegas

GHI Vice President Larry Keener will lead a GHI General Meeting at the 2017 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Expo, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The meeting will take place on Sunday, 25 July from 9:00-11:00 am in Room 606 at The Venetian (3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.).

Larry Keener
In addition to updates on GHI activities and progress in communications, education, publications and Working Group and Ambassador programs, Mr. Keener will lead a GHI discussion, "FSMA: Is it Harmonizing or Dis
ruptive?" from 10:15-11:00 during the meeting. 
The meeting is free and open to all IFT conference participants, irregardless of membership in GHI. If you're attending IFT in Las Vegas, please make plans to attend our meeting. Thank you to GHI Ambassador to the U.S., Dr Aurora A. Saulo, for organizing the meeting.  
Download the GHI General Meeting Agenda (.pdf) here!

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.

ISEKI Offers Free Webinars    
ISEKI Food Association, European FooD-STA, European Food Studies and Training Alliance, and Elsevier are offering a series of   FREE webinars in June. Click on the links below for details and online registration. You can find the complete list of future and past webinars at https://iseki-food.net/webinars.
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
GHI Working Group chair Jaap Hanekamp has co-authored with Aalt Bast the just-published book, Toxicology: What Everyone Should Know. This essential reference describes important discoveries in toxicology through the ages, explores their historical and sociological impacts, and shows how they still influence recent, state-of-the-art developments.

In addition, the book shows how these developments are extrapolated into public and political perceptions on risks and the regulatory consequences, emphasizing environmental issues, such as manmade and natural chemicals, their interaction and impact, nutrition and drugs. For more information and to order, visit Elsevier Academic Press. Get a 30% discount by using Code GHI30 when you order your copy.
Superfood and Functional Food - An Overview of Their Processing and Utilization, edited by GHI Ambassador Viduranga Waisundara and Naofumi Shiomi, has been published by InTech as an open access book. The book focuses on the usage and application of plant- and animal-based food products with significant functional properties and health benefits, as well as their development into processed food. Many chapters in this book contain overviews on superfood and functional food from South America. Details on the functional properties of apiculture products are also included, as well as an area that is not widely discussed in academia - pet food with functional properties.
Chapters can be downloaded individually from the InTech webpage...

In case you missed it: GHI Ambassador to Kenya, Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang'o published a special issue on biofortification in the African Journal of Food, Nutrition and Development (AFJAND). The initiator of the special issue, Dr. Howarth Bouis, is the 2016 winner of the World Food Prize. Check out the special issue online...  
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.

IFT17 (Institute of Food Technologists) Annual Conference
25-28 June 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada USA

A GHI General Meeting will be held on 25 June 2017 from
9:00-11:00 am in Room 606 at The Venetian (3355 S. Las Vegas Boulevard). If you arrive early, please introduce yourselves to those who are already there and those who join later. Download the agenda here.
4th North and East European Congress on Food (NEEFood)
10-13 September 2017
Kaunas, Lithuania

NEEFood has extended the abstract submission deadline to 1 July 2017. GHI members are invited to submit abstracts. Visit the NEEFood website for details...

XIXth EuroFoodChem Conference
4-6 October 2017
Budapest, Hungary

GHI President Dr. h.c. Huub Lelieveld will give a keynote presentation on harmonization of regulations to control food adulteration, composition and safety, and how to ensure the effectiveness of harmonized regulations. Visit the conference website for more information.

NUTRICON Food Quality & Safety, Health & Nutrition 2017 Congress
5-7 October 2017
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

GHI is a supporting organization, and will hold a GHI General Meeting at this conference. Find out more at the conference website.

Food Security Center, University of Hohenheim
Summer School 2017

6-25 November 2017
University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin

The theme is "Food and Nutrition Security for the Next 20-25 Years." There are scholarships available. Visit the program website.
31st EFFoST International Conference
13-16 November 2017
Melia Sitges, Sitges, Spain

GHI is a supporting organization, and will hold a GHI General Meeting at this conference.

Participating GHI members who wish to contribute to the GHI Session on global harmonization are invited to contact Huub Lelieveld before June 22. Find out more at the conference website.


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.