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GHI Matters June 2022

President's message

Dear Readers,

Time moves fast. I had the feeling that I just finished my message for the previous issue of GHI Matters. GHI is growing and so is the number of working groups although some are not very active, but some, including new ones are indeed very active. It becomes hard to follow all these developments. The growth partly results from the webinars. They are successful and following a seminar there are always new member applications. A big thank you to the organisers and presenters!

GHI has also been active in relation to the World Food Safety Day. More about this in the next issue of this newsletter.

I invite readers to pay attention to the message about the General Assembly (GA) where nominations for the election of board members will be announced again. It is my feeling that the board should have a more diverse global and a better gender distribution. It is a pleasure to know that there are at the moment four new candidates for the board which means that the members of the GA have an important role in voting on these applicants..

In many parts of the world, the situation is still very troublesome and I hope that we shall see more peace in the near future.

Kind regards,

Huub Lelieveld, 30 June, 2022


The complete newsletter: GHI Matters June 2022 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  • Key Highlights

  • GHI Related Events Announcements
    • GHI at IFT in Chicago, US
    • GHI at the IUFoST 21st World Congress of Food Science & Technology in Singapore
    • GHI General Assembly
    • GHI at the 36th EFFoST International Conference in Dublin, Ireland
    • Lodging at EFFoST
    • The 7th ISEKI-Food Conference 2023
    • Central European Congress on Food and Nutrition (CEFood 2022)
    • International Dietary Fibre Conference 2022
    • The 2022 World Congress of EHEDG
    • Financial support from GHI for participation in meetings that GHI encourages attendance
  • Books by GHI Members
    • Food in a Planetary Emergency
    • The Pseudocereals Book
  • The IUFoST WG 1.2 Education - Emerging Issues Short Survey
  • Science in Exile
  • Ambassador Section
    • Appointment of New GHI Ambassadors
  • GHI Webinars
    • Working Group on Consumer Perception
  • Publications by GHI Members
    • Ultra-processed Foods Classification
    • Health Problems Associated with the use of Calcium Carbide as a Ripening Gas


 

GHI Matters April 2022

President's message

Dear Readers,

Time moves fast. I had the feeling that I just finished my message for the previous issue of GHI Matters. Now that the pandemic is close to over in most countries - but regrettably not yet everywhere - we may meet again live. Postponed events are now taking place again and I hope I shall talk with many of you at events like the World Food Congress of Food Science and Technology in Singapore and the EFFoST conference in Dublin, both in November. Before that, however, there will also be the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technology (IFT) in Chicago, in July. EFFoST and IFT were represented at the inception of GHI and there have always been good attendance of GHI members and we often had GHI meetings at those events. We have started to organize a GHI meeting during the IFT meeting again this year. The second GHI Congress that should have taken place this year in St. Petersburg, Russia, for obvious reasons had to be cancelled. The Board is investigating where and when this congress may take place, but it certainly will not be this year. We hope to be able to tell you in the next issue of GHI Matters.

As GHI is global, it is important to encourage a global participation in all of these events. Earlier this month I sent a message to the members of GHI inviting donations to enable GHI to provide support to members who without financial support would be unable to join these meetings. If you are able and would like to help, please do so, see the relevant section below (Financial support from GHI for participation in meetings that GHI encourages attendance).

I wish all of you a peaceful future, hoping that the war that nobody expected will soon end.

Kind regards,

Huub Lelieveld, 30 April, 2022


The complete newsletter: GHI Matters April 2022 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  • Key Highlights
    • Halal Certifiers List
    • GHI at IFT in Chicago, US
    • GHI at the IUFoST 21st World Congress of Food Science & Technology in Singapore
    • The GHI session programme
    • GHI at the 36th EFFoST International Conference in Dublin, Ireland
    • Lodging at EFFoST
    • Financial support from GHI for participation in meetings that GHI encourages attendance
    • Ordering GHI books from Elsevier
    • Ambassador Section
    • GHI webinars
    • Scientists in War Zones
    • Working Group on Consumer Perception
    • Publications by GHI Members


 

GHI Matters February 2022

President's message

Dear Readers,

Hopefully 2022 started better for you than 2021. It is starting to look like the pandemic is over its maximum and life may gradually become more - although not completely - normal again.

Meanwhile, during the pandemic, the officers of GHI have been very active and I hope that you are as pleased as I am with the information in this issue of GHI Matters. Please read it carefully because you may want to act, and if so, you need to do so on time.

Take care and kind regards,

Huub Lelieveld, 19th February, 2022


The complete newsletter: GHI Matters February 2022 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  • Key Highlights
    • Scientists in occupied territories
    • Elections of New GHI Board Members
    • 21st World Congress of Food Science & Technology
    • Announcement of GHI Student Video Poster Competition at IUFoST World Congress 2022 – Singapore, 31 Oct to 3 Nov.
  • The Whole Grain Initiative puts consensus definition for whole grains on the table
  • Welcoming New GHI Ambassadors
  • Books by GHI Members
    • Ensuring Global Food Safety- 2nd Edition has been Published
    • Book proposal by Dr. Sunita Singh
  • Events
    • 20th ICC Conference 2022
    • GHI webinars Series
    • NUTRICON Congress 2022
    • IFW 2022 | 3rd International Conference: Insects to Feed the World 2022


 

GHI Matters December 2021

President's message

Dear Reader,

Although for some readers Christmas is on 7 January, for most readers it was the 25th December. I hope that it has been or will be a happy time.

The past year has not been easy for many or perhaps even most of you. Online teaching has become the norm by now and that usually involves more effort. Despite this, many of you have been very active supporting the objective of GHI: safe food for everyone in this world. The number of membership applications is continually increasing and so is the number of our ambassadors. Several of the working groups have been active and productive. All of this meant an increasing burden for our honorary directors, all of whom do this work in their spare time in addition to their regular professional duties. Without our directors and other officers, spread over the entire globe, GHI would not be sustainable.

We are grateful to the leadership and staff of the high quality, thoroughly peer-reviewed African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) in which GHI Matters has been incorporated since the beginning of 2021. It gives GHI more exposure and the journal potentially more authors.

A special mention of the work of the working group Global Incident Alert Network who launched in August the first and only truly anonymous whistleblowing webpage in the world and thanks to many active ambassadors, that webpage is now available in more than 30 languages and that number is still increasing. It means that it will be difficult to find an excuse for NOT reporting a serious otherwise unreported food safety incident, wherever it takes place, saving victims from harm or even death.

GHI has many book editors and they too have been productive. Several new volumes of the series "Nutrition and Health Aspects of Traditional and Ethnic Foods" have been published this year and several other new ones are under development. Also, the second edition of "Ensuring Global Food Safety - Exploring Global Harmonization" has been completed and the 2nd edition of "Food Safety Management: A Practical Guide for the Food Industry" has >50 updated and/or new chapters, and is almost ready for production. To support this book, with input from many GHI members, the book "Food Safety Stories" has been produced this year. It contains many real life examples of food safety incidents.

Of course, I need to mention the Editor-in-Chief of GHI Matters, Ben Oloo, who has assumed the responsibility of having an issue of the newsletter every two months, which is a big task. He is to be congratulated on maintaining the schedule required by AJFAND.

Finally, I would like to mention the strong support of members of the GHI Board. Because we are global, board meetings - without exception online this year - means for some of them getting up very early and for other staying up very late, because their participation is so important for wise and legal decisions.

Hopefully you did not suffer from Covid-19 and meanwhile have gotten your vaccinations to keep you free from the disease in the coming year, which again hopefully, we will not suffer from a new pandemic. Therefore, I wish you all a very happy new year’s eve, and a healthy and happy 2022.


Huub Lelieveld, GHI President, December, 2021

The complete newsletter: GHI Matters December 2021 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  •    
  • Still interested in joining the Proposed GHI Working Group on Risk Assessment
  • Books
  •    
  • Nutritional and Health aspects of Food in the Balkans
  •    
  • Food Safety Management: A Practical Guide for the Food Industry, 2nd edition
  •    
  • Food Safety Stories
  • Published Articles by GHI Members
  •    
  • How global nutritional standards could pivot to harmonization for safer foods
  • Food laws and regulations around the world
  • Events
  •    
  • 20th International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) conference
  •    
  • First Joint Food Safety Conference for Africa
  •    
  • NUTRICON Congress 2022
  •    
  • IFW 2022 | 3rd International Conference: Insects to Feed the World 2022
  • GHI Ambassadors Receive International Recognition and Awards
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  • Prof. Huub Lelieveld-Science to Society Award by EFFosT-2021
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  • Dr. Benard Oloo: Visiting International Professional Programs (VIPP) Alumni Award, Michigan State University, Early Career Achievement Award


 

GHI Matters October 2021

President's message

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the October 2021 issue of GHI Matters. I hope that you have remained free from Covid-19 and if not, that you have been or are recovering completely. Then, of course, I hope that you will find information in this issue that is important for you to know.

GHI is continually growing and along with that becoming more active. This applies to working groups, editors of GHI books, GHI ambassadors and GHI officers. All of them would be happy with more volunteers to share the workload. Therefore, if you are willing to spend a couple of hours per week to advance GHI's goal of safe and nutritious food for all people in the world, let us know. We would be happy to make you responsible for an important task or arrange for you to work with others to accomplish a larger task.

You will read that the number of GHI ambassadors is increasing (there are >100), more new ambassadors are likely to be appointed shortly. As with members, also the number of ambassadorship applications is growing.

Many ambassadors have translated the anonymous whistleblowing reporting website that will soon be available into >20 languages. More about this in the December issue of the newsletter.

There are announcements of events of which some are live again, such as the EFFoST conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, where GHI has a special session with 8 presenters.

Enjoy reading!

Huub Lelieveld, GHI President, October, 2021

The complete newsletter: GHI Matters October 2021 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  •    
  • Proposed GHI Working Group on Risk Assessment
  • Books
  •    
  • Nutritional and Health aspects of Food in the Balkans
  •    
  • Food safety stories
  • Published Articles by GHI Members
  •    
  • How global nutritional standards could pivot to harmonization for safer foods
  • The European Commission (EC) and GHI
  • Food laws and regulations around the world
  • New GHI Ambassador Appointments
  • Events
  •    
  • Valedictory Symposium for Professor O.C. AWORH
  •    
  • First Joint Food Safety Conference for Africa
  •    
  • NUTRICON Congress
  •    
  • EFFoST Annual Conference
  •    
  • The GHI Special Session at the EFFoST conference
  •    
  • IFW 2020 | 3rd International Conference: Insects to Feed the World


 

GHI Matters August 2021

President's message

Dear Reader,

Regrettable the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet and it looks like it may take quite some time before the world will be a little bit normal again. It will probably never be completely as before the pandemic; we shall have to get used to the presence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus and its mutations and probably more new viruses. For the shorter term it still means fewer life global events. The next GHI Congress is postponed until an unknown date, as there are just too many uncertainties. It looks like the annual EFFoST conference will take place, this year probably live and it is the intention that GHI make its presence felt, as usual. Regrettably many GHI members from outside Europe who intended to participate are either not allowed to travel to Europe yet or do not yet want to risk traveling in planes as long as the pandemic is not under control. Therefore, regrettably it will largely be only Europeans this time.

In this issue of GHI Matters, you will read a bit more about the anonymous whistle blower's page that the WG Global Incident Alert Network developed and that has attracted quite some media attention. Translations of the webpage are arriving and shortly the webpage will be available in many languages. The same applies to the press release (PR) of 9 August, 2021 and you are encouraged to distribute the PR in the language(s) most suitable for where you live to local food related magazines.

It is my hope that all of you remain free from Covid-19 and if you got the virus, that you will recover quickly and completely. I look forward to see many of you sometime soon again, somewhere.

Take care and kind regards,

Huub Lelieveld, GHI President, August, 2021

The complete newsletter: GHI Matters August 2021 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  •    
  • Proposed GHI Working Group on Risk Assessment
  • Books
  •    
  • Food safety management: A practical guide for the food industry, 2nd edition
  •    
  • Food safety stories
  •    
  • Nutrition and health aspects of traditional and ethnic food of Eastern Europe
  •    
  • Food traceability in Jordan
  • EFSA publishes the Stakeholders News
  • The European Commission (EC) and GHI
  • Food laws and regulations around the world
  • Whistleblower food safety incident report site
  • Project participation
  •    
  • Updates from FoodSafety4EU
  • Events
  •    
  • EFFoST Annual Conference
  •    
  • IFW 2020 | 3rd International Conference: Insects to Feed the World
  •    
  • Food BioTech Conference
  •    
  • MiFFI 2021 Conference - Microbial Food and Feed Ingredients


 

GHI Matters June 2021

President's message

Dear Reader,

Regrettable the Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet and it looks like it may take quite some time before the world will be a little bit normal again. It will probably never be completely as before the pandemic; we shall have to get used to the presence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus and its mutations and probably more new viruses. For the shorter term it still means fewer life global events. The next GHI Congress is postponed until an unknown date, as there are just too many uncertainties. It looks like the annual EFFoST conference will take place, this year probably live and it is the intention that GHI make its presence felt, as usual. Regrettably many GHI members from outside Europe who intended to participate are either not allowed to travel to Europe yet or do not yet want to risk traveling in planes as long as the pandemic is not under control. Therefore, regrettably it will largely be only Europeans this time.

In this issue of GHI Matters, you will read a bit more about the anonymous whistle blower's page that the WG Global Incident Alert Network developed and that has attracted quite some media attention. Translations of the webpage are arriving and shortly the webpage will be available in many languages. The same applies to the press release (PR) of 9 August, 2021 and you are encouraged to distribute the PR in the language(s) most suitable for where you live to local food related magazines.

It is my hope that all of you remain free from Covid-19 and if you got the virus, that you will recover quickly and completely. I look forward to see many of you sometime soon again, somewhere.

Take care and kind regards,

Huub Lelieveld, June 2021

The complete newsletter: GHI Matters June 2021 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  • Anonymous reporting of serious food safety incidents
  • World Whistleblower Day
  • Obituary of Wentzel Gelderblom
  • GHI keeps abreast with developments at EFSA
  • Covid-19 and Food translations
  • How to share information you feel to be of relevance for other members of GHI
  • Articles by members of GHI
  •    
  • Sunlight-activated spray could protect crops
  •    
  • COVID-19: Food Safety in global food supply chain
  •    
  • Halal certifiers webpage
  • Halal certifiers webpage
  • Regional agribusiness initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Global sodium benchmarks
  • Study on remote learning in food studies
  • Events
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  • Fi AFRICA 2021 event
  • Biofilm and food processing
  • World Food Safety Day (WFSD)-2021-reports from around the world


 

GHI Matters Extra Issue May 2021

Editor’s Message

Dear Reader,

I hope you have had a chance to read the April, 2021 Issue of GHI Matters available here. We are sharing a short ‘Extra’ supplementary addendum to the issue. The information in this 2-page supplement would not be relevant by the time the June Issue arrives. Kindly take the time to read through this and learn about the call for Food Safety Incidents Stories, the World Food Safety Day, and finally note the correct link to the Presentation about CoVId-19 and Food that was in the last issue of GHI Matters, which was published in the AJFAND.

Benard Oloo, 28th May, 2021

The complete newsletter: GHI Matters May 2021 Extra issue

    CONTENTS
  • Editor’s Message
  • Correction
  • Food safety incident stories
  • World Food Safety Day


 

GHI Matters April 2021

President's message

Dear Reader,

It is a great pleasure to be able to address you for the first time from our "home" journal. You may notice that we have revamped the layout, mostly by removing superfluous information that you can easily find on the GHI website. It is a fresh start, and it is also a pleasure to acknowledge that the new Newsletter Editor has done a great job. It may also be good to know that GHI and AJFAND have worked together to ensure that we remain compliant with the privacy requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as shown on the relevant webpage.

We hope that much of the information in this issue will be of interest to you, such as the downloadable presentation on Covid-19 and food. It is available not only in English but also in several other languages and more shall be forth-coming. It is also my pleasure to congratulate many GHI members for receiving prestigious awards, Ruth Oniang'o, the Editor-in-Chief of AJFAND, Vishweshwaraiah Prakash, Joe Regenstein, Aurora Saulo and Bala Balasubramaniam. Details are below.

I would like to point to the Food Safety Profession proposal, prepared by the Working Group for Ethics in Food Safety Practices. I feel that this is an essential issue to ensure food safety for everyone around the world.

The large number of events are listed that gives you a number of opportunities to participate. Many are hybrid while others are online. Those that are hybrid or online only offer participation to those who would not be able to attend the live events due to the considerable costs to attend. GHI members are also active in writing as you will see. We try to make it easy for readers to download these items. Many of them provide information that you may have missed but will be helpful to know.

There is much more in the newsletter and I hope you will take the time to read GHI Matters carefully so that you can keep informed about what GHI is about. In addition you may want to read articles in this peer-reviewed open access journal. They tend to be very interesting, which is another good reason for choosing AJFAND!

GHI is growing and has many active members. It implies that the workload of GHI officers is continually increasing. That is why you will also find a paragraph about a vacancy for the function of Honorary Communications Director. It is an important opportunity to contribute to a better world. It would be great if you are the one who can and wants to take the responsibility for this essential GHI task.

Huub Lelieveld, 29 April 2021.

The complete newsletter: GHI Matters April 2021 issue

    CONTENTS
  • President's message
  • Editor’s Message
  • Affiliation of GHI with the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)
  • A presentation about Covid-19 and food
  • Awards
  • Resistance levels in bacteria causing foodborne infections
  • Honorary Communications Director vacancy
  • Events
  • Food Safety Profession proposal - A plan for globally safer food
  • Women in Science International Awards
  • Newly appointed GHI Ambassadors, 2021
  • EFSA Management Board vacancy
  • Books, articles and book chapters by GHI and members of GHI on food and nutrient safety and security