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Food Safety and Nutritional Security Workshop in Lebanon

Organized through Dr. Lara Hanna Wakim, IUFoST Governing Council and LAFST member, a series of professional training programmes on Food Safety and Nutritional Security were held over six days at the Holy Spirit of Kaslk University, (USEK), Lebanon, that began on February 28. The opening ceremony for the first of these training programmes was attended by senior Government officials and other distinguished guests.

The training was held in response to health concerns related to Lebanese civil service members and their families. The objectives of the programmes were to raise the awareness of food safety and nutritional security among those participating; to help the attendees improve their nutritional choices; to avoid poor nutrition; and to provide hands-on training on food service best practices and management. Additional goals were to assist in reducing government medical bills and to improve the health and well-being of those involved.

Initiatives such as this are recommended as potential actions by other countries and IUFoST Adhering Body members. The IUFoST Scientific Council has indicated its willingness to work with Lebanese colleagues and others in support of this type of scientific endeavour.

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IUFoST Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB)



John Spink, PhD
Food Fraud – and the focus on prevention – is an important and evolving food industry focus. Even though the vast majority of these incidents do not have a health hazard in some ways they are more dangerous because the substances and actions are unknown and untraceable.  The types of food fraud stretch the traditional role of food science and technology to include criminology, supply chain traceability and other control systems. The food authenticity and integrity testing will be the most complex actions and their value should be assessed in terms of the contribution to prevention. This Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB) presents an introduction, review of incidents, the fundamentals of prevention which then provide insight on the optimal role of Food Science and Technology.
See IUFoST SIBS below for the complete Food Fraud Prevention Scientific Information Bulletin.






Congratulations Prof. Dr. Purwiyatno Hariyadi

Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Puwiyatno Hariyadi who has been elected to the position of Vice-Chair of the  CODEX Alimentarius Commission.

Dr. Hariyadi is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) and Senior scientist, SEAFAST Center; Professor, Dept. Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.

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