PolyU’s Food Safety Consortium organized the 5th Asia-Pacific Food Safety International Conference advancing Towards a Safer Food Supply


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The event report is now available at here.

Food Safety Consortium (FSC), as the Hong Kong affiliate of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), organized the 5th Asia-Pacific Food Safety International Conference (APFSIC) virtually on January 27-28, 2021. As one of the IAFP’s regional conference series, APFSIC featured over an impeccable network of over 80 speakers and 400 registrants from the industry, academia, research institutes, government, supranational bodies, as well as students globally for a two full-day holistic, inspirational and educational knowledge, best practices, and regional plus global updates in food safety and quality.

Day 1 Keynotes and Plenary Speeches covered COVID-19 and food safety, FDA’s new era of smarter food safety, latest regulatory developments in Hong Kong, fostering food safety culture, food supply chain analytics informing management of public health risks, food safety from the perspective of animal health and zoonosis, smart technologies and innovations, controlling COVID-19 transmission through food packaging, supranational level adaptation in response to COVID-19 and post-pandemic era, and an engaging discussion among IAFP regional affiliates in strengthening their partnerships.

Day 2 Breakout Sessions covered new detection methods and intervention technologies, risk management strategies, food safety at food service and retail settings, AI, machine learning and big data in food safety, training and certification, consumer communication, produce food safety, emerging pathogens and their control, food fraud and authentication, sharing by DISH Global Centre for Food Safety and Quality, and updates of EU-China-Safe, a cross-continental effort to deliver an effective, resilient and sustainable EU-China food safety partnership.

Founded in 1911 and based in the United States, IAFP represents over 4,000 professionals from educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals from 50 nations who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods. FSC, which endeavors to bring about the most cutting-edge food safety and food technologies to benefit the global community, has been recognized as the Hong Kong affiliate of IAFP since 2015, to synergize their efforts in advancing food safety in various regions of the world.

Food borne illnesses, food fraud and other safety and quality issues create significant adverse public health, social, and economic impact across Asia as it does globally. Hosted at the gateway to an enormous China market and at the crossroad to a rapidly rising Asia region, APFSIC was a perfect occasion and time for all stakeholders to come together to address evolving food safety issues facing this region under the post-COVID-19 era. In strengthening regional and global collaborative efforts and expertise, we are ready to embrace 2021 with the best innovations, the strongest partnerships, and extreme resilience.

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