Organizations & People
Summary of Minutes of Commission Meeting at IUPAC General
Assembly, Berlin, Germany, 8-10 August 1999
Members Present: Chair, J. Gilbert;
Secretary, S. Page; M. Miraglia; Titular Members: E. Anklam, J. MacNeil,
M. Sabino; Associate Members: C. Brera, S. Dragacci, B. Szteke Observers
Present: J.-M. Fremy, P. Holland (Secretary, Chemistry and the Environment
Division), M. Lauwaars (AOAC International), A. Pohland (Chemistry
and the Environment Division), R. Wood (Analytical Chemistry Division)
The meeting started in plenary session and then split
into two parallel sessions covering Food Chemistry and Oils and Fats.
This report covers the projects discussed within the Food Chemistry
Working Group Activities
Mycotoxins: IUPAC Electronic Bulletin Board for
Mycotoxins. Ongoing project, but with need to update regularly
identified as a priority. Collaborative studies of the Determination
of Aflatoxin M1
in Milk and Mycotoxin Methods for Developing
Countries have been combined with an FAO/IAEA project. "Identification
of major sources of ochratoxin A (OA) intake through the analysis
of OA in human serum" has been published as a preliminary
report (D. Palli et al. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention
8, 265-269, 1999). > View
Aquatic Biotoxins: Unification of Aquatic Biotoxin
Nomenclature. Project to be terminated, but a satellite meeting
on this subject was proposed in conjunction with the 10th
International Symposium on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins (10th
Halogenated Hydrocarbons and Environmental Contaminants:
A collaborative study on novel and conventional analytical techniques
for the determination of toxicologically relevant PCB congeners
in fish and human adipose tissues has been completed. A workshop
to discuss novel extraction techniques, particularly for fish
oils, was being planned for Barcelona, Spain, in the spring of
Elements: Beryllium in Food. A critical assessment
has been completed and published in Food Additives and Contaminants
17, 149-159 (2000).
Natural Constituents: Chemical Characterization
of Garlic Preparations. Project to be terminated.
Animal Drugs: Symposium on Issues in Regulatory
Chemistry was held at the annual meeting of AOAC International
in August 1997. The proceedings of this symposium, entitled "Current
Issues in Regulatory Chemistry" and edited by Kay, MacNeil,
and ORangers, have been published by AOAC International
(Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, 2000), ISBN 0-935584-66-8. This
project is now complete.
Novel Foods: A proposed symposium on genetically
modified organisms was withdrawn. Validation of a screening method
for the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in
food has been completed and published in J. AOAC Int. 82,
International IUPAC Symposium
on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins (10th
ISMP) was held
in Guarujá, Brazil, 21-25 May 2000 > see
Symposium on Trace Elements in Foods is being
planned for Warsaw, Poland, 9-11 October 2000, with IUPAC sponsorship
> Conference Calendar
International Symposium on Food
Packaging Ensuring the Safety and Quality of Foods is being
organized by ILSI Europe with IUPAC sponsorship and will be held
in Vienna, Austria, 8-10 November 2000 > Conference
Future Organization and Direction
Task forces were proposed to be developed to manage
clusters of projects to be continued after the Commission structure
is abolished in 2002. The Food Chemistry Working Group accepted
this proposal. A Natural Toxins Task Force (E. Anklam, Head) and
a Chemical Contaminants and Residues Task Force (J. MacNeil, Head)
Following an informal meeting with the Commission
on Toxicology (VII.C.2) of the Chemistry and Human Health Division,
the Food Chemistry Working Group decided to participate in the
ELEPHANT database project. This project (E. Anklam, Coordinator)
is a compilation of baseline data for certain analytes in human
tissues and fluids. This effort would be expanded to include analytes
(such as contaminants) derived specifically from food sources.
A. Pohland and S. Page suggested that a CHEMRAWN
Conference on "Chemistry for Food Safety" be proposed
to the CHEMRAWN Committee. A preproposal was presented informally
to this Committee by S. Page. This preproposal was well received.
In collaboration with IOCD, a formal proposal (S. Page, Coordinator)
will be prepared.
The next meeting of the Commission on Food (VI.5) will
be in Warsaw, Poland, 7-8 October 2000, just before the Symposium
on Trace Elements in Food.
IUPAC Commission on Food VI.5
> Published in Chem.
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