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International Conference on Food Contaminants 2019

The 3rd International Conference on Food Contaminants - Challenges on Risk Assessment held in Aveiro (Portugal), 26th and 27th September 2019.

The 3rd International Conference on Food Contaminants - Challenges on Risk Assessment occured in Aveiro (Portugal), 26th and 27th September 2019. This conference focused on Food Contaminants and Human Health, with a special session dedicated to the risk-benefit assessment of foods.


Two members of Secalim are involved in the scientific committee of the conference, Jeanne-Marie Membré, researcher at Secalim, and Géraldine Boué, associate professor at Secalim. A total of 130 participants from 18 different countries attended a unique session with 17 invited speakers from recognised international institutions and 94 communications, 10 oral and 84 as poster. Specific topics adressed were on new perspectives of risk assessment of foods, human exposure to chemical and microbiological contaminants as well as nutritional components; risk assessment and recent developments on risk-benefit assessment.

Sandrine Guillou, Deputy head of Secalim contributed to the session on other agents (microbiological and nutritional) affecting risks with an oral communication on the Integration of omics into microbiological risk assessment, based on an editorial and four publications issued from a collaborative work of a European consortium1.


Géraldine Boué contributed to the session on Risk-benefit assessment in foods in Europe with an oral communication on lessons learned from the RiskBenefit4EU project  on Building capacity in risk-benefit assessment of foods, based on a recent publication2.


The NovRBA project on risk-benefit assessment of novel foods as red meat substitutes was presented by Ermolaos Ververis in an oral presentation3. This project is carried out in partnership with the University of Kapodistrienne of Athens (NKUA), the Dannish  Technical Institute (DTU) and Federal German Institute on risk assessment (BfR) and involves several Secalim researchers: Géraldine Boué, Michel Federighi and Vincent Tesson.


Sara Pires, researcher at DTU next to Ermolaos Ververis and Géraldine Boué.


Cocolin, L., J.-M. Membré and M. Zwietering 2018. Editorial: Integration of omics into MRA. International Journal of Food Microbiology 287: 1-2.

Rantsiou, K., S. Kathariou, A. Winkler, P. Skandamis, M. J. Saint-Cyr, K. Rouzeau-Szynalski and A. Amézquita 2018. Next generation microbiological risk assessment: opportunities of whole genome sequencing (WGS) for foodborne pathogen surveillance, source tracking and risk assessment. International Journal of Food Microbiology 287: 3-9.

den Besten, H. M. W., A. Amézquita, S. Bover-Cid, S. Dagnas, M. Ellouze, S. Guillou, G. Nychas, C. O'Mahony, F. Pérez-Rodriguez and J.-M. Membré 2018. Next generation of microbiological risk assessment: Potential of omics data for exposure assessment. International Journal of Food Microbiology 287: 18-27.

Haddad, N., N. Johnson, S. Kathariou, A. Métris, T. Phister, A. Pielaat, C. Tassou, M. H. J. Wells-Bennik and M. H. Zwietering 2018. Next generation microbiological risk assessment—Potential of omics data for hazard characterisation. International Journal of Food Microbiology 287: 28-39.

2. Assunção, R., P. Alvito, R. Brazão, P. Carmona, P. Fernandes, L. S. Jakobsen, C. Lopes, C. Martins, J.-M. Membré, S. Monteiro, P. Nabais, S. T. Thomsen, D. Torres, S. Viegas, S. M. Pires and G. Boué 2019. Building capacity in risk-benefit assessment of foods: Lessons learned from the RB4EU project. Trends in Food Science & Technology 91: 541-548.

3. Novel  Foods  as  Red  Meat  Replacers:  an  insight  using Risk-Benefit  Assessment Methods. The NovRBA Project* Ververis,  E.1,2**; Pires, S.M.3, Poulsen, M.3,Thomsen,S.T.3, Boué, G.4, Federighi, M.4,Tesson, V.4, Boehm, E.5, Niforou, K.1, Naska, A.1

See also

The abstract book is available on download.