Background and rationale
The aim of this workshop is to stimulate harmonisation in GMO analysis by illustrating the EU legal framework on GMOs.
This workshop will present these new developments with focus on migration testing. A session will also target new exposure tool for chemicals in foods including food contact materials.
The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (JRC-IHCP) and the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM) of the Joint Research Centre co-organise a workshop on "Trans fatty acids in diets: health and legislative implications" within the framework of the Enlargement & Integration Action (E&IA).
On 29th of November 2011 a workshop was organised on the "Sensory science for food contact materials safety". The scope of this workshop was to give an overview of the state of the art of sensory testing in the framework of Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 that states that food contact materials should not change the sensory properties of the food. The implementation of this article is hindered by the lack of guidance on methodologies adequately covering the testing of compliance of this article.
The migration of substances from plastic materials to contacting media obeys in most cases the law of diffusion because the diffusion process is the rate determining step. Due to advanced understanding of the mass transfer processes and translation into science-based computational tools, migration modelling has often become the method of choice for compliance testing by industry. Official controls should be able to have state of the art knowledge on theory and practice on the latest softwares in order to perform their duties on examining certificates of compliance.
Growing global deployment of GM crops in agricultural production and trade has led to increasing complexity in identity preservation operations of diverse agricultural commodity production supply chains within progressively more complex and evolving market demands.