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PIA Press Release
2008/11/05

RP hosts 5th Asian confab on food and nutrition safety on Nov 5-7

Tacloban City (5 November) -- The Philippines is hosting the 5th Asian Conference on Food and Nutrition Safety which will formally start today, November 5, up to November 7 at Shangri-La's Mactan, Cebu, Philippines.

With the theme "Science-based Solutions Sustainable Actions," the conference will focus on emerging global challenges, food and nutrition issues, and ways of harnessing new technologies for sustainable actions to secure safer and better food supply.

Jointly organized by the International Life Science Institute Southeast Asia Region and the Philippines Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the Conference is expected to be participated in by about 300 scientists from international agencies, governments, health and research institutions and industry organizations.

The Conference comes at a time when globally, many governments, especially those in the developing countries, are faced with increasing challenges in ensuring affordable safe food and water supply for their constituents.

The recent unprecedented rise in world food prices due to the effects of imbalances in global commodities and food demand, climate change and the recent food scandal, made this Conference more relevant and timely, if only with the fact that these may lead to longer term consequences on the food supply chain and impact on safety concerns with public health implications.

The conference program aims to update participants on scientific advances and regulatory development that will further the understanding of science-based decision processes and harmonized approaches based on internationally recognized standards and methodologies.

Renowned scientists from international agencies, governments, health and research institutions, as well as the industry will share their perspectives, discuss best practices and harnessing of new technologies for sustainable actions to secure safer and better food supply.

The 2-days conference will comprise 7 Plenary Sessions, Poster Sessions and Oral Presentations during the concurrent Symposia, ending with a day technical field trip. A pre-conference Satellite Symposium and two concurrent post-plenary workshops will complement the main conference, making this one of the most comprehensive meetings on food safety in the region. (PIA 8) [top]

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