Science as the Foundation for Enhancing Food Safety Management

Welcome to GFSTF, initiated by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) as a platform to foster closer engagement and collaboration among the industry and academia in strengthening capacity building in food safety. In addition to learning and discussing how the food industry can better respond by strengthening food legislation and standards using scientific risk-based approaches, increasing capacity and technical competency, this event will also spotlight on:

  • Discussing the most imminent food safety challenges from a global perspective through sharing by supranational and governmental bodies
  • Technical challenges faced by the industry and how they would like the academia to assist in addressing these challenges
  • Technological advances in the academia which may help address food safety challenges in local, regional and global scales
  • Exchanging ideas and sharing experience with seasoned experts and leaders from regulatory bodies, industry and academia

Learn about the latest trends in food safety and secure valuable insight on how to implement cutting-edge best practices that will help your organization succeed in a global marketplace. We look forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong next February!

Organizing and Program Committee
GFSTF 2016

2016 Event Report and Snapshots are now available.

Who Should Attend

  • Food Manufacturers
  • Retailers & Wholesalers
  • Caterers
  • Service Providers
  • Food Security & Logistics Managers
  • Government
  • Academia
  • Other Food Safety Stakeholders

Special Discount for Food Industry

Join PolyU’s Food Safety Consortium (FSC) today as a Corporate Member to enjoy discount on registration!
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Enquiry:
foodsafety@polyu.edu.hk
(852) 3400 2861

Plenary Keynote Speaker

Dr. Keiji Fukuda
Special Representative for Antimicrobial Resistance
Assistant Director-General
World Health Organization

Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Timothy W. Tong
President
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Distinguished Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

Mr. Nathan M. Belete
Practice Manager, Agriculture Global Practice, East Asia and the Pacific
The World Bank

Prof. Junshi Chen
Chief Adviser
China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment

Prof. Takayuki Ezaki
Professor of Microbiology
Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine

Prof. Samuel Godefroy
Full Professor, Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Systems, Department of Food Sciences
Director, Platform for Food Regulatory Excellence, Institute on Nutrition and Functional Foods
University Laval, Québec, Canada

Dr. Allen Ho
Executive Vice President – Technical Services
Lee Kum Kee International Holdings Ltd.

Dr. Yuk-yin Ho, JP
Consultant (Community Medicine) (Risk Assessment and Communication)
Centre for Food Safety
The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Prof. Terence Lau
Director of Innovation and Technology Development
Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
Convener, The Food Safety Consortium
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Christine Nellemann
Director, National Food Institute
Technical University of Denmark

Mr. Jean Michel Offe
Executive Vice President – Development & Innovation
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Prof. Peter Rådström
Professor and Head of Applied Microbiology
Lund University

Mr. Yves Rey
Senior Advisor to DANONE Board of Directors
Former Corporate Quality General Manager of DANONE Group
Former Chairman of GFSI

Ms. Rozenn Saunier
Director, European and International Affairs
French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)

Prof. Jørgen Schlundt
Michael Fam Chair Professor Food Science and Technology,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Advisor, The Food Safety Consortium

Mr. Bengt Streijffert
Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor
Lund University

Prof. John Siu-lun Tam
Visiting Professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
Advisor, The Food Safety Consortium
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ms. Kate Hotchkiss Taylor
Senior Industry Partnership Officer
United Nations Office for Project Services

Mr. David W. Tharp
Executive Director
International Association for Food Protection

Dr. Carl Winter
Extension Food Toxicologist
Vice Chair, Department of Food Science and Technology
University of California, Davis

Prof. Wing-tak Wong
Chair Professor of Chemical Technology
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles
Director of Food Safety and Technology Research Centre
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Yongning Wu
Chief Scientist and Professor, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)
Director of Key Lab of Food Safety Risk Assessment, National Health and Family Planning Commission
Head of WHO Collaborating Center for Food Contamination Monitoring (China)

About GFSTF

There are few issues that challenge the food industry like the way food safety does. In recent years pressure from regulators and consumers has compelled the food industry to react by finding better ways to keep food safe from biological and chemical contamination to physical, allergenic and nutritional hazards.

The Global Food Safety & Technology Forum (GFSTF) has been initiated by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) as a platform to foster closer engagement and collaboration among the industry and academia in strengthening capacity building in food safety – with science as the foundation for enhancing food safety management. In addition to learning and discussing how the food industry can better respond by strengthening food legislation and standards, using scientific risk based approaches, increasing capacity and technical competency, this event will also spotlight on technical challenges encountered by the industry, emerging technologies and their applications.

Whether your organisation is involved with growing, harvesting, formulation, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, transportation, storage, retailing, or serving food, this landmark event allows you to focus and explore practical and cost effective food safety solutions. This two-day Forum intends to provide a powerful platform for food safety professionals to collaborate in tackling mounting and complex food safety problems, minimise risk and address the escalating public concerns about the safety and security of food supplies worldwide. Your participation and inputs will be the key in shaping the development of food safety management and research directions.

Explore novel technologies and management insights together with food safety stakeholders from around the globe with Science as the Foundation for Enhancing Food Safety Management.

Main Topics

Day 1 . February 4. THURSDAY

  • Plenary Speeches by supranational bodies, governmental and international organizations
  • Industry Sharing on the most imminent food safety technical challenges
  • Academic Sharing on cutting-edge food safety technologies

Day 2 . February 5 . FRIDAY

Breakout Sessions, Panel Discussions and Workshops on:

  • Food Chemical Safety
  • Food Biological Safety
  • Food Fraud and Security
  • Food Safety for Catering
  • Risk Assessment, Communications and Management
  • Technical Workshops and Demonstrations

Note: A Guided Tour to the food safety research and technology facilities in Hong Kong will be arranged on Pre-event Day, February 3, WEDNESDAY. Registration is free and separate from Day 1 and Day 2 programs. Please refer to Registration Section for details. Kindly note that registration is first-come-first-served and is subject to email confirmation from the Conference Secretariat.

Organizers

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University [PolyU]
With a total number of students exceeding 32,000, PolyU is the largest government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong with the vision to excel in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world. Highly committed in knowledge transfer, we accelerate the translation of academic discoveries into real-world applications.

The Food Safety Consortium [FSC]
The FSC is convened by PolyU with the aim of engaging stakeholders from the academia, industry and other organizations to tackle food safety and related matters with cutting-edge and applied technologies. We create an industry network and provide support to industry with PolyU’s applied technology portfolio and enhance the capability and competence on food safety and its related technology development through academic and industrial collaborations.The FSC is supported by PolyU’s Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO), the Food Safety and Technology Research Centre (FSTRC), and other academic and research units.

Food Safety and Technology Research Centre [FSTRC]
FSTRC aims to become a world-class food safety and food technology authority and offer one-stop services to safeguard public health. This is achieved through an extensive range of research, consultancy and training programs supported by government grants and funding, allowing FSTRC’s development into a hub of food safety in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Innovation and Technology Development Office [ITDO]
ITDO serves as PolyU’s platform to foster high-impact research collaboration with local and international parties including universities, industry, governments through the formation of strategic alliances on technology development in addressing global unmet needs through innovation. We also strive to heighten the awareness of the significance and protection of intellectual properties.

Co-organizers

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)

Lund University

DTU Food | National Food Institute

University of California, Davis

Strategic Partner

Hong Kong Food Safety Association

Supported by

Innovation and Technology Commission

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event/publication (or by members of this knowledge transfer office or technology transfer office/centre) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the Innovation and Technology Commission.

Event Secretariat

World Services Ltd.

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