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IAFP’s European Symposium 2018

April 25, 2018 - April 27, 2018

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Since 2005, IAFP’s European symposium has been shaping the future of food safety by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas with colleagues from across Europe working in industry, government, and academia. The Symposium is an excellent forum to gain knowledge about the latest developments and techniques in food science and safety.

We look forward to meeting you at the symposia organized and presented by Commercial Food Sanitation experts.



S1: FSMA & FSVP – impact on global food industry

Wednesday 25 april 11.00-12.30
The Brewery Conference Centre – Fogelstrom

Many sub-rules have been put in place since the United States Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed in 2011. One of these, in particular, has a big, long-term effect on the Global Food Industry: the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP). Under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, any company exporting feed, food or food ingredients to the United States has to comply with FSMA regulation. That means the exact same regulation any food processing company inside the United States of America has to adhere to.
Under FSVP, the importer is responsible for proving compliance of its foreign suppliers. The responsibility of complying is with the food industry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to increase their audit intensity (# FDA visits to food processors outside the US are planned for 2018) to ensure FSMA requirements are met and products can safely be allowed into the U.S.
What is the impact on a food processor outside of the U.S.? What does it mean for the industry? What changes have to be implemented to comply and how do we prepare for a possible FDA visit? All of these questions and more will be covered in this session. After attending you will have a good understanding of the compliance needs when exporting to the United States.


PrimaryContact and Organizer: Richard Brouillette
Convenor: Roger Scheffler


Exporting to the United States – What Changed for Us?
Priya Sundaram, Danone, Amsterdam, Netherlands

How to Prepare for a Possible FDA Visit
Anett Winkler, Cargill, Munich, Germany

Sanitation  Programs under FSMA Regulation
Andres Rodriguez Lozano, Commercial Food Sanitation, Amsterdam, Netherlands


S8: Biofilms and EM

Wednesday 25 april 16.00-17.30
The Brewery Conference Centre – Galleriet

Food environments provide ideal conditions for bacterial growth. Once bacteria colonize the factory environment or equipment, they can grow and form a biofilm, allowing them to survive for long periods of time. Bacterial biofilms in food processing environments are normally made up of multiple bacterial species. Pathogenic organisms like Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes can be part of the biofilm community. The biofilm provides them with increased resistance to desiccation and common sanitizers used in the food industry, which makes them a lot harder to remove during routine cleaning. Having a strong environmental monitoring and sanitation programs in place to identify and control biofilms and pathogens in the processing environment is key to food safety. These programs will seek to find and eliminate the presence of pathogenic organisms in the environment before they contaminate the food product.

This symposium combines academic knowledge with industry examples on environmental monitoring and sanitation strategies to better address the challenge of biofilms in processing equipment and factory environments.


PrimaryContact and Organizer: Richard Brouillette
Convenor: Andres Rodriguez Lozano



Biofilms in the Food Industry
Annette Fagerlund, Nofima, Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Ås, Norway

Biofilms, Pathogenic Bacteria and Environmental Monitoring – An Industry Perspective
Peter McClure, Mondelez International, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Importance of Sanitation Programs and Hygienic Design to Control Biofilms
Roger Scheffler, Commercial Food Sanitation, Amsterdam, Netherlands


April 25, 2018
April 27, 2018
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The Brewery Conference Centre Stockholm
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2
Stockholm, 118 25 Sweden
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