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There’s just four weeks until delegates from around the world will descend on Tokyo for GFSI’s Global Food Safety Conference 2018.

Technology, innovation, big data, machine learning and blockchain will be high on the agenda. This will be the place to be to discover the latest news, tends and technology revolutionising the food industry. Browse the full conference programme and start planning your attendance.

This week on the blog we hear from Martin Wiedmann, Cornell University Professor and GFSC speaker. He outlines the need for improved methods and tools to rapidly and reliably identify, detect and predict food safety hazards. This may be solved in part by innovative sequencing methods such as such as Whole Genome Sequencing. But with every technological advancement comes new challenges. See more from the Programme and start deciding which #gfsi18 sessions you just can’t miss!


whole genome sequencingHow Whole Genome Sequencing Is Revolutionising Food Safety

Food systems and food products are rapidly evolving, as are the associated safety challenges. In addition, our adversaries in the food safety battle are among the fastest-growing, most quickly evolving organisms known to man — E. coli, for example, can double in as little as twenty minutes. As part of this arms race, there is a need for improved methods and tools to rapidly and reliably identify, detect, and predict food safety hazards.

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innovationEmerging Technologies in the Food Industry

Grab a seat at Plenary 4 for an in depth look at emerging technologies, new horizons, challenges and opportunities in the food industry. Prof. Martin Wiedmann will be speaking about the food safety implications of whole genome sequencing. Matilda Ho, a management consultant turned entrepreneur and investor, will look at the industry through the eyes of a food tech investor. And Yuki Hanyu, a representative of Shojinmeat Project & CEO of Integriculture Inc. will discuss developments in lab grown meat and cellular agriculture.

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technology consumerBig Data and Predictive Analytics

For more high tech innovation, don’t miss our Big Data Breakout Session. Ruediger Hagedorn of The Consumer Goods Forum will moderate this session on the emerging role of data and predictive analytics in the food industry. By collecting, monitoring, and analysing data from origination to transport to processing and packaging, Big Data is changing the way that food industry professionals and consumers view the safety and traceability of their food.

Speakers will examine the various tools and Big Data approaches available and demonstrate how these capabilities are helping companies improve consumer engagement, supply chain security and food quality. Delegates will gain invaluable insight on how they can leverage analytics to predict and manage food safety risks while expanding ROI on data they own and/or share.

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