On April 24-26, representatives from the NanoPack project was present at the the annual European Symposium of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) in Nantes, France. The conference provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and information on the latest developments and techniques in food science and safety. During this conference, educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting and processing food, convene and have the chance to exchange crucial information for the protection of the global food supply.

Elissavet Gkogka from Arla presenting NanoPack at the IAFP conference

Major conference highlights

  • The NanoPack poster presented the initial challenge test trials with cheese and bread. The poster caught the attention of conference delegates from both the industry and academia who asked several questions with regards to the experimental set-up and overall aim of the NanoPack project.
  • Session on challenge testing protocols. Challenge testing is an area of profound interest for the industry and food safety authorities because it is the means of validating control measures within a HACCP system, as well as to assess microbiological safety and quality of food, food production processes, food storage conditions and food preparation recommendations for consumers. A major highlight from this session is the new standardized protocol (ISO 20976-1:2019) for the challenge testing of raw materials and intermediate or end products with vegetative and spore-forming bacteria.