The 7th AOAC-India’s Annual Conference Building Capacity & Collaborative Leadership to ensure Safe and Nutritious Food held on February 28 at the Park Hotel in New Delhi. As a prominent food safety conference, it brought together nearly 300 analytical professionals including top government food safety regulators, eminent scientists, academicians, industry partners, laboratory owners, researchers and students.
The inaugural session included Dr.Ranjan Mitra, President, India Section of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL, Dr. Kaushik Banerjee,( Chairman, AOAC India ), Dr. N. Bhaskar ( Advisor FSSAI), Dr, Palmer A. Orlandi ( Deputy Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, AOAC ), Dr. Henk Vd Schee ( Advisor, Netherlands Food Safety Authority ), Mr. Matthew Kovec ( Executive Director, Food Industry, Asia, Singapore ) and N. Venkateshwaran ( CEO, NABL ).
AOAC International released a Book “A Guide to Analytical Documentation in Food Testing Laboratories” in this 7th Annual Conference. This book is about Worldwide, food testing laboratories were being committed to build capacity for complying with various national and international regulatory guidelines in the process of their analytical method validation, deciding evaluation criteria of retesting, and for the implementation of decision rules to meet the expectations of the industry stakeholders. However, laboratory personnel often find it difficult to understand the philosophy of these regulatory requirements and implement an ideal quality system for necessary compliance. This guidebook was intended to offer a comprehensive reference on the quality system documentation in a practical way while drawing on a range of case studies.
Dr. Ranjan Mitra, President, AOAC-India, commented “We are delighted to host the 7th Annual Conference of India Chapter of AOAC International giving an opportunity to explore, network and discuss issues in the topics on analytical sciences the industry representatives were seen keenly interested in the discussion on topics like Challenges in Food Safety Regulatory Compliance, Environmental persistence of veterinary drug residues – a neglected cause of residues, Ensuring Food Safety through Harmonization of Analytical Methodology, Analytical Quality Control Techniques in a Testing Lab and New Frontiers in Food Analytics”.
The conference comprised keynote lectures, plenary presentations, poster sessions and interactive group discussions, creating a platform for information exchange and knowledge transfer. The eminent speakers (from India, USA, UK and Europe) covered various facets of food analysis, global food safety issues, quality control regulations, food authenticity and capacity building for the running of effective global food systems within the nation.
Over 50 leading organisations from six different countries participated to converse on how to solve complex analytical problems and develop compliant solutions to ensure human health.