PolyU Food Safety Consortium Convener Receives International Leadership Award in Food Safety

July 28, 2021


Steering one of the most representative food safety organizations in Hong Kong to promote in food safety and quality, the Convener of Food Safety Consortium (FSC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Professor Terence Lok-ting Lau was granted with the 2021 International Leadership Award by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), a professional industry association established in 1911 in Wisconsin, United States with over 4,000 members from more than 50 countries to promote food safety globally.

Promoting Global Recognition and Partnerships

FSC was initiated by Prof. Lau in 2015 and is now home to 70 Corporate Members. It is the first and only non-governmental organization Observer from Hong Kong and mainland China at the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission. As IAFP’s Hong Kong Affiliate, FSC bears the regional responsibility to IAFP’s mandate of Advancing Food Safety Worldwide®. FSC is also the key driver to the establishment of DISH Global Centre for Food Safety and Quality (DISH) – a unique platform founded by four economies to foster European - Hong Kong/China - Asia Pacific collaborations in food safety and quality.

Leading Technology Advancement, Education, and Research


With over 20 years of experience in molecular biology and food safety, Prof. Lau’s expertise spans from the detection of food and zoonotic pathogens, genetically modified organisms (GMO), food allergen, food authentication, to others through molecular diagnostics and various multidisciplinary approaches (integrating engineering, big data, artificial intelligence, etc.) to bring about innovative and smart applications. Prof. Lau is managing EU-China-Safe, a €10 million EU-China partnership under Horizon 2020 which PolyU is the only university joining from Hong Kong. He is also the co-developer of 5 National Chinese Standards in GMO and avian influenza virus detection, the co-inventor and co-author of a number of patents and peer-reviewed scientific articles, as well as the organizer of various international food conferences. 

“I would like to express my deepest appreciation to IAFP and also my nominator, supporters, and the Food Safety Net Services for sponsoring this award. Food safety is a major public health concern and given the challenges arising every day and practices of the global food supply chain having shifted since the pandemic, we still have much to accomplish. I look forward to joining hands with experts and bring to the world a safer food supply,” said Prof. Lau, Convener of FSC and Adjunct Professor at Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, PolyU.

Prof. Wing-tak Wong, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU and member of Steering Committee of FSC, added that “embracing global collaborations to foster progress in food safety in quality is a strategic focus for PolyU. This recognition from the IAFP is a significant endorsement for Prof. Lau’s achievement in the field and we are grateful for his efforts in bringing PolyU’s contribution in food safety and quality to the next level. We will continue to support technology development and applications in this area to benefit the Nation and the global community.”

The 2021 IAFP awards were presented at the IAFP 2021 Conference which took place on July 18-21 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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