On-Demand Discussion Forum

A taste of the future: What’s next for safety and quality testing in the food industry?

Listen to our experts in this discussion forum and learn about emerging trends in the food industry, research and development to ensure safety and quality.

By watching this forum, you will:

  • Learn about emerging trends in the food industry, research, and development to ensure safety and quality for the consumer
  • Hear about new analytical challenges that are being addressed through research and development
  • Understand how advanced analytical techniques are being used and their adoption into routine industry workflows to comply with regulations

Event Overview

Safeguarding public health is a top priority in the food sector to prevent physical, biological, or chemical contamination from harming the consumer. Chemical contaminants introduced by various sources before, during, and after production, also affect food quality and can lead to negative consumer perception. Rigorous monitoring, quality control, and global regulation are essential to ensure chemical levels in food remain within safe limits.

Regulatory bodies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), establish maximum allowable levels for chemical residues in foodstuffs based on scientific assessments of potential health risks associated with exposure. But what about emerging contaminants, such as ethylene oxide or PFAS, where no single method is stipulated or even developed?

Furthermore, with the added pressures of becoming more sustainable from farm to fork, one way to address the biggest issue of our time - climate change - as well as its role in affecting food quality, is to use greener sample analysis strategies – but what are the barriers to adoption in the food industry?

Upholding food quality and safety requires a combination of research and development, regulatory oversight, industry responsibility, and consumer awareness. In this forum, our panel of experts discuss the latest topics in food safety, authenticity, and regulatory testing, and address audience questions.

What you need to know:

Format: On-demand

Duration: Approximately 70 minutes


Elia Psillakis
Professor, Aquatic Chemistry Laboratory, Technical University of Crete

Kieran Kilcawley
Principal Research Officer, Food Quality & Sensory Science, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark and Adjunct Professor, University College Cork, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences

Kaushik Banerjee
Director of ICAR-National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune, India


Bert Popping
Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant, FOCOS GmbH, Alzenau, Germany

Who should watch the forum:

  • Food scientists who want to understand more about profiling, odor perception, sensory evaluation, food authenticity, and contaminants analysis.
  • Food quality and safety testing labs looking to improve data quality and reliability in routine applications.
  • R&D food and analytical scientists who want to enhance their understanding of analyzing complex samples and/or emerging contaminants and the techniques being used.
  • Lab managers, directors, supervisors, and technologists wanting to understand how sustainability can be achieved in the modern lab and how ‘greenness’ can be evaluated and implemented.


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