Food contamination and fraud to be addressed at conference

Issue 31 – September 2011

Forensic experts, food scientists, producers and regulators will meet in Wellington from 1 to 2 November 2011 for the third annual GoTrace Conference. The need for a range of scientific and forensic tools to combat food fraud, misrepresentation, and contamination has never been greater with daily occurrences of risks to food safety and food security occurring around the globe. New Zealand producers and New Zealand products are not immune from this risk.

The conference theme is 'assuring food integrity' with keynote speakers from New Zealand, Australia, UK, and the US presenting papers on the latest techniques and latest requirements for exports. The conference will also address two key questions: Are New Zealand products safe in the international market place? Is food in New Zealand safe and the supply chain transparent?

Conference Chair Dr Helen Darling is pleased with the line-up of speakers who represent those achieving cutting edge science innovations and representatives of leading producer groups. She believes that there will be 'an audience of those who need to protect their products sitting alongside those with the answers: internationally acclaimed forensic and food experts.' Darling believes that the conference will generate incredible opportunities for New Zealand businesses, 'it's going to be an inspiring event'.

Summarised from an Oritain Holdings Ltd media release 1 September 2011.

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