Symposium on MCPD Esters and Glycidyl Esters
20-21 June 2017, Rocket Tower Conference Center, Berlin
Dear Sir or Madam,
We would like draw your attention to a Symposium on 2-MCPD and 3-MCPD esters and glycidyl esters which will be held in Berlin, Germany on 20th – 21st June 2017, organized by the German Society for Fat Science (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fettwissenschaft e. V.; DGF) and supported by the Association of the Oilseed crushing and Oil refining Industry in Germany (OVID Verband der ölsaatenverarbeitenden Industrie in Deutschland e. V.) and the German Federation for Food Law and Food Science (Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e. V.; BLL).
In November 2007, after the first findings of fatty acid esters of 3-monochloro-1,2-propanediol (3- MCPD) by the Official laboratory in Stuttgart (Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt; CVUA) and the Max Rubner-Institut (Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food; MRI), the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung; BfR) and the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft; BMEL) defined a need for action to reduce the levels of 3-MCPD esters in edible oils and fats as well as fat containing foods. Free 3-MCPD was observed causing benign tumors, and we know today that free 3-MCPD is released from the esters in the human body. One year later 2-MCPD and glycidyl esters have been found in refined oils. Especially palm oil products showed higher levels of glycidyl esters, the free compound Glycidol has been classified as genotoxic carcinogenic to humans. Based on the BfR statement, considerable efforts have been made by interested and affected stakeholders such as industry, research institutions, analytical laboratories, and governmental institutions. This work resulted in deeper knowledge of the toxicological assessment, validated analytical methods for the determination of the esters in edible fats and oils, possibilities for the mitigation of the esters during oil processing and finally comprehensive measures for the risk management.
However, several questions are still open. So far, we have only one validated method for compound food, i.e. margarines, spreads and dressings. For other food matrices, in-house validated methods exist. How can these methods be externally validated? Divergent tolerable daily intake (TDI) values have been defined by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). What are the consequences? What is the current state of the risk assessment and management today? Where does the application of mitigation measures of the industry stand today? What about the formation of 2- and 3-MCPD esters as well as glycidyl esters during food processing in industry and at home? What do we know about the levels of the esters in processed food?
The aim of the symposium is to give answers to these questions and to summarize the state of knowledge with respect to 2- and 3-MCPD esters as well as glycidyl esters. Ten years after the first findings qualified experts will discuss relevant aspects for formation and mitigation during oil and food processing, via analytical approaches for various foods and the toxicological assessment to regulatory measures.
The symposium aims to reach all interested parties, e.g. people from oil and food processing industry, trade, official and private laboratories, but also decision-makers in authorities, people responsible for consumer protection, nutritionists and journalists.
Therefore we would like to ask you to save the date for the symposium on 2-MCPD and 3- MCPD esters as well as glycidyl esters on 20th – 21st June 2017 in Berlin. In addition, you are encouraged to submit your poster abstract until 19th May 2017 to email@example.com. Further information, a detailed program and registration details will be made available here soon.
Gerhard Brankatschk, OVID Association of the Oilseed crushing and Oil refining Industry in Germany
Dr. Birgit Christall, BLL, German Federation for Food Law and Food Science
Dr. Bertrand Matthäus, MRI – Max Rubner-Institut (Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food)