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Monday September, 14th 2015


Food labeling and advertising in Italy: the most discussed topics and the most common fraud cases
Massimo Buonavita - Labeling and Regulatory Services, Mérieux NutriSciences (Italy)

Labelfish: Genetic assessment of seafood labels in atlantic area food markets (ABSTRACT)
Carmen Sotelo - Senior Researcher Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)

Food Fraud – monitor, detect, deter, disrupt and prevent (ABSTRACT)
Peter Whelan - Director of Audit and Compliance and responsible for food fraud investigations, Irish Food Safety Authority

Retailers experience and perspective on fraud in the food chain (ABSTRACT)
Martino Barbanera - Head of the Laboratory, COOP Italia

Food Detectives: Uncovering the fraudsters' crime (ABSTRACT)
Bert Pöpping - Chief Scientific Officer, Mérieux NutriSciences


World Exposition Milano, Italy

Monday September, 14th 2015

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Conference 1st part   
 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch   
 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Conference 2nd part
 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Visit of The Lab of the Future & Free visit of the Expo

Registration fees: 100 euros (including entrance tickets, conference, lunch)

Do you want to participate in more than one conference or give your colleague the opportunity to participate? Don't worry, we offer a 2-conferences-package at the price of 150 euros!


Massimo Buonavita - Labeling and Regulatory Services, Mérieux NutriSciences (Italy)

Massimo Buonavita graduated in law from the University of Trento in 1996.

After several years of experience in law offices and insurance companies, he became Head of the Regulatory Department of Total Quality Food Consultants Ltd. which is now part of Mérieux NutriSciences since 2014.

Massimo Buonavita is an expert in food regulations and food labeling for the European Union, especially Italy  as well as many other countries.




Carmen Sotelo - Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)

Carmen Sotelo defended her Doctoral Thesus in Biology in the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1991, dealing with chemical and biochemical modifications of food components.

She went to Torry Research Station (UK) and University of Texas (USA) to do research work on protein chemistry before becoming a researcher in  CSIC in 1998.

From 2011 until July 2015 she was appointed to the post of Director of Institute of Marine Research of Vigo, Galicia. She has worked on Seafood Authenticity since 1992, participating and coordinating several research projects on this subject. She has coordinated  Labelfish, a coordinated research project funded by Atlantic Area Programme, where six EU countries participated, dealing with different aspects of seafood labeling and traceability.



Peter Whelan - Irish Food Safety Authority 


Peter Whelan qualified as an Environment Health officer (EHO) in 1982. He worked as an EHO, Senior EHO and Principal EHO before taking up the post of Contracts and then Director of Service Contracts in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Peter then took a 5 year secondment to the post of Executive Chairman of the newly established Sea Fisheries Protection Authority.

Peter is now Director of Audit and Compliance in the FSAI and responsible for food fraud investigations. Further studies undertaken include a MSc in Food Science, UCD, MSc in Management, Trinity College and a BA Hons degree in Psychotherapy.


Martino Barbanera - Head of the Laboratory - COOP Italia

Martino Barbanera graduated in Biological Sciences in 1983 at the University of Bologna.

In 1987 he started to work in COOP ITALIA Laboratory. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Responsible of the Microbiology Area of the laboratory, and since 1997 he has held the position of Head of the Laboratory. He gained considerable experience in the field of food safety and authenticity.

He is a member of several UNI, CEN, ISO groups on issues related to food safety and is co-author of several articles published in international scientific journals.


Bert Popping - Chief Scientific Officer - Mérieux NutriSciences

Dr. Popping has been working in the food analytical industry for 20 years in various laboratories holding management positions. In 2014, he joined Mérieux NutriSciences group as Corporate Food Chemistry and Molecular Biology Chief Scientific Officer.

Dr. Popping serves on numerous national and international committees including §64 German Food Law, the European Standardisation group CEN TC 275 WG and ISO SC 34 TC 16. During his career he held several board positions, which include AOAC Europe President, and AOAC Research Institute Chair, and most recently MoniQA Association Vice President.

Dr. Popping also serves on the editorial board of several peer reviewed journals which include Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, J. AOAC and J. Food Analytical Methods and J. Food additivies and Contaminants Part A.

He is author of over 50 peer reviewed publications in the fields of GMO analysis, authenticity, allergen testing and food irradiation testing using various analytical techniques which include PCR, ELISA and mass spectrometry, ESR, PSL and Thermoluminescence.

He also contributed to several chapters to the book Food Authenticity and co-edited the book Molecular Biological and Immunological Techniques and Applications for Food Chemists.