Methods and issues in cheese authenticity studies: a workshop

Methods and issues in cheese authenticity studies: a workshop.

4/9/2009 – 5/9/2009
Sala Convegni, Banca della Campania
Collina Liguorini, Avellino (Italia)

Authenticity and traceability are key issues for the protection of traditional food products, and EU and member states have developed quality branding schemes and specific regulation to this end. Recent scandals connected to frauds related to origin, authenticity, safety, labelling of some PDO and non-PDO cheeses have weakened consumers’ confidence in quality branding schemes and caused severe economical damage to producers. The objective of this meeting, organized by the Food Science Institute of the National Research Council of Italy, is to present to researchers, public quality control agencies, cheesemakers organizations, an overview of analytical, economic and technical issues on cheese authenticity and traceability.

Preliminary programme.

Session 1. Invited speakers. 4/9/2009 9.00-18.30
1. Welcome addresses: Prof. R. Coppola, Director, ISA-CNR, Prof. E. Parente, Dip. Biologia, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy
2. Factors that affect the quality of cheese - Prof. P. F. Fox, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
3. Classification schemes for cheese - Prof. P. McSweeney, Dept. of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
4. Protein and peptide composition analysed by CE, HPLC and LC-MS - Prof. Y. Ardö, Dept. of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
5. Evaluation of dairy products authenticity by spectroscopic methods - Dr. D. Andueza and Dr. B. Martin, Herbivore Research Unit, INRA Clermont-Ferrand Theix, France.
6. Microbial fingerprinting and authenticity of cheese - Dr. D. Ercolini, Dip. Scienza degli Alimenti, Università degli Studi “Federico II”, Napoli, Italy.
7. Immunochemical methods for cheese authenticity studies – Dr. R. Pizzano – ISA-CNR, Avellino, Italy.
8. Small molecules for the evaluation of cheese authenticity - Dr. M. C. Messia, DISTAAM, Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy
9. Statistical methods for cheese authenticity studies – Prof. E. Parente, Dip. Biologia, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Potenza, Italy
10. The Role of the Italian Central Inspectorate for Food Quality in the protection of food authenticity - Dr. F. Fuselli, Ispettorato Centrale per il Controllo della Qualità dei Prodotti Agroalimentari, Rome, Italy

Session 2. 5/9/2009 9.00-13.30
Oral communications (max 10, 10 min each). Poster session
Round table: cheese authenticity and traceability, technical, economical, sociological and legislative aspects.

The official languages of the workshop are English and Italian. Simultaneous translation will be available on request.

Poster and oral communications.
Instructions for submission of abstracts for posters and oral communications will be published in the second circular.

The registration fee (200 €) must be paid before July 31st, 2009. We anticipate that registration will be open from April 15th, 2009

Scientific Committee.
Prof. Raffaele Coppola, Direttore ISA-CNR, Avellino, Italy; Prof. Eugenio Parente, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Potenza, Italy; Prof. Gianfranco Panfili, Università degli Studi del Molise, Campobasso, Italy
Technical secretariat. ISA-CNR Avellino, Dott.ssa Manuela Oliva , Dott. Luigi Cipriano, Sig. Antonio Ottombrino, Rag. Gennaro Russo, Dott. Patrizio Tremonte

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