Global Collaborations on Food Safety


This topic was moderated by Susan Chang, Ph.D. and Wen Chang Chiang, Ph.D, and featured four lectures.


Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Institute for Food Safety and Health, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA spoke about current global collaborations in Food Safety.


Food safety is a critical global challenge that impacts public health, business, and trade in every country. Recent efforts to establish collaborative relationships include the APEC Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) and the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).


Susan Chang, Ph.D., Director General, Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Executive Yuan, Taiwan gave a lecture entitled, “Seamless Management for Safe Agri-Food Products in Taiwan.”


Dr. Chang discussed three dimensions of a seamless safety management system for agri-food products in Taiwan: 1) creating the foundation and environment for safe agricultural production; 2) establishing production management models for healthier animals and plants for a safer food chain; and 3) strengthening the management systems for safe agri-food products.


Yen-Con Hung, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia, USA delivered a lecture called “Advanced Processing Technologies as Multiple Hurdles to Inactive Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia Coli (STEC) on Beef Products: An Academic and Industry Collaborative Effort.”


Dr. Hung spoke about a five-year integrated food safety project, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) to evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of integrating advanced processing technologies into meat processing facilities, including EO water, LA-SDS wash, IR heating, radio frequency, UV radiation, and UV-TiO2 photocatalysis.


Ryuji Yamaguchi, Ph.D., Executive Director, ILSI, Japan discussed an investigation of commodity food standards and food additives in Asia.


Dr. Yamaguchi spoke about the activity of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) investigating commodity food standards and food additives in Asia. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in Japan (MAFF) has supported ILSI since 2009 to investigate product standards, methods of analysis, and conditions of use for food materials and food additives in East Asia. In 2011, ISLI broadened the focus of the project to include relevant regulatory framework and conditions for use of food additives in target countries.