Bridging the World through Horticulture

S21- Quality and Safety of Horticultural Products

Hallname: 3B-91

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Invited Speaker:

Consumption and trade of horticultural products even of minor species originating from developing countries are increasing at world-wide level. There are many driving forces behind, as the shifting of competitiveness from one region to the other, introduction of new ‘species and tastes', newly revealed health benefits or demands of the migrating communities. These changes enforce implementation of quality and safety measures to provide a common language among stakeholders and to build trust and overcome the long-distance between the consumer and the producer. The consumers have easy access to information and may change their preferences in due time. The focus on size or shape may move to water use-efficiency or to involvement of child labour. Thus, standards and guarantee systems valid at national or international levels have become more critical in terms of international trade. Most of the horticultural produce are handled as fresh and directly consumed therefore quality and safety aspects that need to be maintained during a rather short shelf-life are receiving higher significance compared to other commodities. However, in the case of dried fruit or nuts, shelf-life may be extended to few years. From the producers' point of view, market quality and reduction of losses is important in order to guarantee his/her profit and to prevent food losses at large. Major safety problems of horticultural products include pesticide, fertilizer, heavy metal or growth regulator residues, additives as sulfur, mycotoxins and phyto-toxins. These problems appear mainly due to rapid intensification of farming systems without an efficient knowledge transfer especially in developing countries. The disagreements among legislative aspects as in the case of registry of pesticides or tolerance levels for contaminants between the producer/importer countries have led to complex and costly quality and safety control systems involving various steps of sampling, control, analyses and reporting. Simplifying these systems and reducing costs but maintaining high precision and repeatability is the common objective.

The Symposium aims to discuss quality and safety of horticultural products from farm to consumer level throughout the value chain. Papers based on research and innovation or on best performing cases are expected to facilitate discussions, exchange experiences and establish networks for future cooperation on quality and safety of horticultural products.

Main themes:

  • Recent consumer trends for horticultural product quality
  • Definition and analyses of quality
  • Contaminant problems of horticultural products
    • Heavy metals
    • Mycotoxins
    • Additives
    • Environmental pollution, phyto-toxins, coloring substances and others
  • Innovation in sampling and analysis
  • Non-destructive methods for quality and safety assessment
  • Advances in destructive methods for quality and safety assessment
  • National and international standards and integration of standard setting
  • National or international quality and safety control and reporting systems
  • Environmental standards and parameters
  • Social and ethical standards and guarantee systems

Scientific Committee:

  • Beatrix Alsanius (Sweden)
  • Güner Arkun (Turkey)
  • Amanollah  Javanshah (Iran)
  • Hakan Karaca (Turkey)
  • Antonio Logrieco (Italy)
  • Francesco Montesano (Italy)
  • Hayrettin Özer (Turkey)
  • Antonio Piga (Italy)
  • Sebastien Villeneuve (Canada)