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JULY 2016

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Welcome to the re-launch of the GHI Matters eNewsletter! As you may have noticed this past month, GHI has been very busy renovating its online presence with a new website, new social media channels, and now the updated e-newsletter. As I mentioned in my initial GHI Blog post, as GHI's structure and programs have expanded in the last seven years, so has our need for a website and other communications tools like GHI Matters that can grow and evolve with us. If you haven't already, I invite you to visit the website and link up with GHI via social media!

As always, we encourage you to contribute via email your GHI-related news and calendar listings for inclusion in upcoming e-newsletters and announcements. Please download the GHI Website and eNews Submission Guidelines (.pdf) for details.

On behalf of the GHI Board, I do hope that we will have the opportunity to meet at one of this year's scientific conferences. GHI is currently organizing several general meetings, as well as special sessions that will take place throughout 2016 in conjunction with leading food science and technology organization meetings. We hope to introduce workshop opportunities for GHI Working Groups by the end of the year, so stay tuned!

Kind regards,
Huub Lelieveld
 President, GHI 
GHI Launches New Website

On 6 June, GHI re-launched its new, redesigned website, along with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn channels. The website address remains the same at www.globalharmonization.net.

GHI members and site visitors will experience a more intuitive website, with improvements to its functionality, content and navigation. The mobile-friendly website offers easy access to information about GHI and its working group activities, conferences and meetings, and other news and developments.

"The redesigned GHI website and the rollout of our new social media platforms will help us better communicate with our members, stakeholders in industry and government, and the public worldwide," states Huub Lelieveld, GHI president. "We are pleased to have a more robust and dynamic online presence that will enable GHI to share objective, science-based evidence supporting the global harmonization of food safety laws and regulation."

Get Social with GHI

In addition to the new website, GHI's new social media sites also went live on 6 June 2016. The launch of these sites builds the association's online presence beyond its website, allowing for increased communication with stakeholders and interaction among members and the scientific community. Members are encouraged to link, like and follow GHI on the following social networking sites:
Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

 View our profile on LinkedIn

New GHI Book Available

Editors: V. Prakash, Olga Martin-Belloso, Larry Keener, Sian Astley, Susanne Braun, Helena McMahon and Huub Lelieveld
2015  |  536 pages  |  Elsevier Academic Press
Regulating Safety of Traditional and Ethnic Foods is the second book in the GHI Series published by Elsevier Academic Press. Authors examine a variety of traditional foods from around the world, their risks and benefits, and how regulatory steps may assist in establishing safe parameters for these foods without reducing their cultural or nutritive value in today's diets. Visit the Elsevier Store page for pricing and ordering details. GHI members receive a 30% discount by using the special code GHI30.

GHI General Member Meetings Scheduled for Summer 2016

17 July 2016 | 13:00 - 15:00 | IFT 2016    

Larry Keener
GHI Vice President Larry Keener will lead a GHI General Meeting at the 2016 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Expo, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The meeting will take place on Sunday, 17 July in Room
Burnham/CC23 at McCormick Place.   

The meeting is free and open to all IFT conference participants. Please visit the IFT Annual Meeting webpage for more information on the full program and registration.

22 August 2016 | 14:00 - 16:00 | IUFoST 2016  

Huub Lelieveld
GHI President Huub Lelieveld will lead a GHI General Meeting at the International Union of Food Science and Technology's (IUFoST) World Congress of Food Science and Technology in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting will take place on Sunday, 22 August. The room location will be announced soon. Please download the Preliminary Agenda (.pdf) here.

GHI will also present two program sessions at the IUFoST Congress:
  • Contaminants in the Food Chain, chaired by Dr. Joseph Scimeca and Prof. Dr. Petros Taoukis, on Monday, 22 August from 11:30 - 12:55
  • Food Safety and Harmonisation of Regulations, chaired by Dr. Obadina Adewale and Dr. h.c. Huub Lelieveld. on Wednesday, 24 August from 16:00 - 17:55
The meeting is free and open to all IUFoST conference participants. Please visit the IUFoST World Congress website for details on on registration and the full program.

Visit the GHI Calendar page for details on more meetings and special sessions throughout the year.

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Based on the principles of GHI, Ensuring Global Food Safety: Exploring Global Harmonization offers a rational and multi-faceted approach to current food safety issues, while arguing that a science-based global regulatory framework will enhance the safety, availability and quality of the food supply worldwide.

GHI was specifically established to help build global consensus on the scientific evidence underpinning food safety policymaking. This book provides practical examples in key areas such as microbiology, toxicology and nutrition, as well as discusses possible improvements necessary to sustain the integrity of the global food supply in the 21st century. Get a 30% discount by using Code GHI30
Member News & Notes
Dr. Dilip Ghosh
Congratulations to Dr. Dilip Ghosh, GHI Ambassador to Australia, on becoming an advisor and member of the executive body of the Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HASDA). HASDA is one of India's largest industry bodies committed to health and well-being of consumers via delivery of evidence-based nutraceuticals, dietary and food supplements. HADSA is also a member of the International Alliances of Dietary/Food Supplements Associations (IADSA).

Dr. Viduranga Waisundara
Dr. Viduranga Waisundara, GHI Ambassador to Sri Lanka, announces a call for papers for a special issue of the peer-review journal, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. Dr. Waisundra serves on the editorial board for the journal. The special issue topic is "Natural Products for Combatting Hyperglycemia-Induced Oxidative Stress." GHI members who would like to contribute can find more information at the journal website.
Hon. Prof. Dr. Ruth Oniang'o
Hon. Prof. Dr. Ruth Oniang'o, GHI Ambassador to Kenya, has announced the publication of the latest issue of African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (Vol. 16, No. 2, 2016).
Dr. Oniang'o serves as the editor-in-chief for the online scholarly journal, which is peer-reviewed and open access.    
Online Magazine Publishing Opportunity

The European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), one of GHI's founding organizations, is partnering with TRADEIT and others to publish the free online magazine, Taste of Science.

GHI members are invited to contribute articles to the twice-annually published magazine, whose managing editors include GHI members Dr. Helena McMahon of the Institute of Technology Tralee and Marielle Ramaekers of EFFoST. With an EU-wide audience of small- and medium-sized enterprises, the magazine keeps readers posted on trends, new scientific knowledge and technological developments in food, aiming to bridge the gap between science and industry. Visit Taste of Science online for details.

GHI Ambassador Web Pages 

GHI Ambassadors! You now have the opportunity to communicate your GHI activities on a web page dedicated to your country or region. Check out the individual Ambassador pages already posted on GHI's new website for ideas and inspiration on what to post!

Please download and complete the GHI Ambassador Web Page Submission Form (.docx) and return it with your photo today!


For more information about becoming a GHI Ambassador, please email Dr. Alina-Ioana Gostin, GHI Ambassador Programme Director.

Conferences & Meetings  

GHI regularly makes presentations and holds general and working group meetings in conjunction with scientific and food industry conferences around the globe.

Please check
our website for details and links, or contact us via email to submit listings.


16-19 July 2016 
Chicago, Illinois, USA  
GHI will hold a General Meeting on Sunday, 17 July from 13:00 to 15:00 in Room Burnham/ CC23 at McCormick Place. For more information about IFT16 registration and events, please visit the IFT16 conference website... 

21-25 August 2016 
Dublin, Ireland 
GHI is a supporting organization of the IUFoST World Congress and will hold a General Meeting and two special sessions (Contaminants in the Food Chain, and Food Safety and Harmonisation of Regulations) at this year's event. For details, visit the IUFoST World Congress website...

22-24 September 2016 
Ohrid, Macedonia  
GHI is a supporting organization and will hold a General Meeting on 22 September from 14:00-16:00 at this conference. This biennial Congress is gathering the representatives of universities and research institutes, but also food producers and distributors, to promote research, development, innovation and education within food science and technology. Visit the BFoST Congress website for more... 

5-7 October 2016
Riga, Latvia

GHI is a supporting organization for this conference, and will hold a General Meeting and a special session on nutrition, health and regulations. The conference provides a forum for disseminating and gathering ideas and research results by leading scientists, government, as well as business leaders in food, nutrition and health. For details, please visit the Nutrition & Health conference website...

19-21 October 2016 
Laval, France

GHI is a supporting organization for Food Factory 2016, an international scientific conference oriented towards industrial applications throughout the food chain. For details, please visit the Food Factory conference website...

2-3 November 2016 
Herning, Denmark 
GHI is a supporting organization of this must-attend biennial event, which offers a unique opportunity for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturers and processing and packaging equipment suppliers to interact and access global expertise through the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group's (EHEDG) expanding worldwide network. Visit the 2016 EHEDG World Congress website for details... 

28-30 November 2016
Vienna, Austria

GHI is a supporting organization of this important scientific event, which brings together experts from multidisciplinary food-related fields to inspire a cross-fertilization of new knowledge, ideas and applications. This year's theme is "Targeted Technologies for Sustainable Food Systems." Visit the EFFoST website for details...

GHI will hold a General Meeting and will present a special session entitled Regulations and Legislation for Food Safety, Quality and Innovation. GHI members who are interested in submitting abstracts for this session are invited to send an email by July 29 to GHI.

Founded in 2004 as a joint activity of the US-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) International Division and the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) is a network of scientific organizations and individual scientists working together to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation. For more information, please visit our website at www.globalharmonization.net.

GHI has legal non-profit entity status and its charter and constitution are registered in Vienna, Austria as the GHI-Association (ZVR453446383).


GHI is an initiative of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), which is the European part of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and the International Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). GHI is supported by many other scientific organizations and receives support from the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG).