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Africa Food Safety Workshop 2018

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The National Metrology Institute of South Africa, together with our partners, are proud to announce that we will be hosting the Africa Food Safety Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa from 4-8 June 2018. 

The workshop seeks to contribute to improve food safety control systems in Africa. 

Specific Objectives Include:

  • To find mechanisms to improve measurement and standards infrastructure in Africa, contributing to food safety on the continent.
  • To expand further, an Africa food safety network beyond laboratories, by attracting other experts in the areas of mycotoxin, veterinary drug and pesticide residues, heavy metals and microbiological food safety, from non-profit organizations, technical institutions, government regulators, commercial testing and research institutions, professional associations, as well the private sector.
  • To strengthen capacity development for food safety testing and control in Africa with participants gaining insight into:
    • New developments in mycotoxin (and related contaminants) analysis, measurement standards and regulations;
    • How to address skills gaps relating to requirements needed to obtain/maintain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation as well as ISO 22000 food safety management systems.
    • The importance of metrological traceability, how to determine if the calibration standards are metrologically traceable;
    • New developments in analysis of bound contaminants (such as but not limited to masked mycotoxins) and rapid testing techniques and associated kits.
    • Food traceability (Farm-to-fork) and comparative advantage in trade   

Expected Outcomes:

  • Participants will be equipped with the capability​ to disseminate the latest advances in measurement standards, reference materials and measurement methods for analysis of mycotoxin, veterinary drug and pesticide residues and food pathogens;
  • Cooperative arrangements will be initiated to strengthen the measurement technical infrastructure, and ultimately contribute to the mutual recognition and free trade of agricultural commodities on the continent.
  • Increased understanding of food safety needs in Africa and how food safety control including traceability and authenticity are effectively implemented in other continents 

Click here: Register to participate in this workshop

Oral/Poster Presentations:

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations under the following themes:

  • Mycotoxin standards, methods of analysis and control
  • Veterinary drug and pesticide residue methods of analysis
  • Food traceability and authenticity
  • Food Microbiology 

Abstracts should be prepared using the AFSW Paper format.doc and be submitted by email to​ by 31 March 2018.  

For additional information or to register for the workshop click here: AFSW2018 Registration​