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Food Policy Trends in Europe - Nutrition, Technology, Analysis and Safety.

FOOD POLICY TRENDS in EUROPE - Nutrition, Technology, Analysis and Safety. Edited by Hendrik Deelstra, Michel Fondu, Wilfried Ooghe and Rudy van Havere. 241 pages with index. Price: 58.00 [pounds]. (UK: Chapman and Hall)

In 1990, to celebrate the passing of the Belgian Food Act exactly a century earlier and the establishment of the Belgian Food Inspection Service that same year, a lecture meeting and international symposium were organised. Whilst the lecture meeting was primarily to pay homage to the Belgian Food Inspectorate, the symposium was designed to examine the policy developments in tomorrow's Europe. It offered the opportunity for an exchange of ideas on the current food policy and how it should develop. The subject matter focused on four main areas - nutrition, food science and technology, food control and analysis, and safety assessment. Each of these was dealt with in a separate session.

Including the opening session, the papers presented were entitled: The perspective to 1992; Food policy - implications for the nutritional sciences; An industry's point of view; Directive 89/397/EEC - assessment and outlook; Secular trends in food intake in Britain during the last 50 years; The consequences of 100 years' evolution of dietary habits in Europe with regard to nutrition; Developing trends in food regulation in Europe; Trends in the perception of food quality by the consumer - his expectations and needs; Opportunities offered to product development by raw material and food ingredient innovations; New process opportunities for product development; Impact of new food concepts on food regulation; Fast analytical methods in chemical food analysis; Quality assurance in food analysis - where are we going?; Scire est decidere (Knowing is deciding); Safety assessment - the process/procedure to be followed; Safety assessment versus risk perception; Safety assessment in relation to food microbiology; Safety assessment in relation to additives; and Safety assessment in relation to carcinogens.

There are also summary reports published in the text and information about the thirty six poster sessions.
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Date:Feb 1, 1992
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