7th Annual Conference of the India Section of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL

7th Annual Conference of the India Section of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL

Date : 28th – 29th February 2020 

Venue : The Park Hotel, New Delhi

7th Annual Conference of the India Section of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL

Building Capacity & Collaborative Leadership to Ensure safe and Nutritious Food

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Day 1 28th  February, 2020   Duration
8:00-9:00 Registration & Breakfast  
9:00-11:00 Inaugural Session Session / Panel members  
  Presidential Address Dr Ranjan Mitra 10 mins
  Chairman’s Address Dr Kaushik Banerjee 10 mins
  Keynote address Shri Pawan Kumar Aggarwal CEO-FSSAI 20 mins
  Special Address Dr Palmer A. Orlandi, Jr., Deputy Executive Director &  Chief Science Officer, AOAC INTERNATIONAL 15 mins
  Digital Method Sharing Platform to Support Harmonization. Dr Erik Konings: Nestlé Research, Lausanne, Switzerland & Past President,  AOAC INTERNATIONAL 15 mins
  Special Address Matthew Kovac, Executive Director, Food Industry Asia, Singapore 20 mins
  Experience and Feedback  of  Integrated Audit N. Venkateshwaran- CEO, NABL 15 mins
10:45 Inauguration of Exhibition
  Refreshment Break
11:15-13:00 Technical session 1. Method Harmonization and Rapid Analysis Methods for Antibiotic Residues in Food.  In India, although antibiotics are used in large quantities over decades, until recently, the existence of the residues of these drugs in milk and meat has received a little concern. It is only in recent years that an extensive investigation of antibiotic substances has been attempted in order to permit an assessment of the public health risks posed by their residues in food substances. Antibiotic usage in livestock production as therapeutics, prophylactics and as growth promoters has become vital to the growing dairy industry since the prolonged or inappropriate usage of such antibiotics might lead to residue accumulations in milk, which in turn pose the risk of human health hazards and also interfere with processing of milk and milk products. The administration of antibiotics against bacterial infections is a significant driving force for selection of resistant strains of bacteria, which can spread from animal to human population and complicate the therapeutic management of such infections. Despite numerous investigations performed, in India, there is still a lack of understanding about antibiotic residues in milk & milk products and other products of animal origin, which includes honey, poultry, meat and fish.           Session Chair: Dr Palmer A. Orlandi, Jr., AOAC INTERNATIONAL                                                    105 mins
11:15-11:20 Brief Introduction of the Session Dr Palmer A. Orlandi                                                                  5 mins
11:20-11:40  Current Standard Development at ISO/IDF and AOAC on Veterinary Drug Residues Dr Erik Konings 20 mins
11:40-12:00 Determination of Residues of Antibiotics in Food of Animal Origin ; Class-specific and Multiresidue approaches Dr Simon Hird, Principal Scientist – Waters Corporation 20 mins
12:00-12:20 Challenges & Solutions for the Analysis of Antibiotic Residues in Milk & Milk products Dr Rajiv Chawla, National Dairy Development Board 20 mins
12:20-12:35 Challenges & Solutions for the Analysis of Antibiotic Residues in Fish & Fish products Dr Anoop Krishnan, Export Inspection Agency, Cochin 15 mins
12:35-12:50 Quick Screening Methods for Antibiotic Residues in Milk/Fish Dr Mrinal Kumar Sharma -Neogen Corporation 10 mins
12:50-13:00 Panel Discussion   10 mins
13:00-14:00 Lunch 
14:00-15:30 Technical Session 2. Analysis of Challenging Pesticide Residues                                           Pesticide residues resulting from the use of plant protection products in food and feed may pose a risk for public health. For this reason, a
comprehensive legislative framework is established in most countries, which defines the rules for the approval of active substances as plant protection products, regulates their use in agriculture and implements residue monitoring programs to ensure safety to consumers. A good number of pesticides comprising plant growth regulators and polar/ionic compounds are not amenable to multiresidue analysis and require selective sample preparation approaches and instrumentation techniques. In addition, certain commodities pose challenge in multiresidue analysis due to their inherent complex matrices.   Session Chair: Dr Kaushik Banerjee, Chairman- AOAC India Section and Principal Scientist, NRL, ICAR-NRC Grapes
90 mins
14:00-14:05 Brief Introduction of the Session Dr Kaushik Banerjee 5 mins
14:05-14:25 Analytical Workflow for the Multiresidue Determination of Polar/ Anionic Pesticides in Food Dr Dasharath Oulkar, Manager, Food Safety Solution Centre, ThermoFisher Scientific 20 mins
14:25-14:40 Approaches to Overcome Challenges in Difficult Pesticide Residue Analysis Perkin Elmer 15 mins
14:40-15:00 Farm to Fork- Ensuring Food Safety with Innovative Approaches – Pesticides Dr Markus Obkircher, Director R&D, Head Reference Materials & PT, Merck Life Science 20 mins
15:00-15:15 Multiresidue Analysis of Pesticides in Tea Dr J. Kelkar, Shimadzu Analytical India Pvt Ltd. 15 mins
15:15-15:20 Multi-lab validation of Polar Pesticides Mr. Raviraj Shinde, NRL, ICAR-NRC Grapes, Pune 5 mins
15:20-    15-30 Panel Discussion   10 mins
15:30-16:00 Tea Break    
16:00-17:00 Technical Session 3. Food Authenticity Authenticity of foods is a matter of pressing concern to consumers and manufacturers alike. The supply chain is complex and the ingenuity of the fraudsters knows no bounds, so the industry must be on its guard to face the next issue that comes along. Challenges can appear from unexpected sources and addressing these problems may require a multi-disciplinary analytical approach.   Session Chair: Dr Bhaskar N., Advisor- FSSAI 60 mins
16:00-16:05 Brief Introduction of the Session Dr Bhaskar N. 5 mins
16:05-16:25 Solutions for Honey Authenticity Bruker 20 mins
16:25-16:40 Food Authenticity -India Scenario Dr Rajesh Nair -Director NDDB 15 mins
16:40-16:55 Sea food/Aquaculture  Authenticity -Challenges & Solutions Dr Niladri Chatterjee – ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technologies, Cochin 15 mins
16:55-1700 Panel discussion   5 mins
17:00-18:00 Technical Session 4. Food Nutrition /QC/Fortifications: AOAC INTERNATIONAL’s initiatives and updates                                          The nutritional analysis has been segmented on the basis of parameter, product type, objective, and region. On the basis of type of parameter, it has been segmented into vitamin profile, proteins, fat profile, sugar profile, total dietary fibre, mineral profile, cholesterol, calories, moisture, and others. On the basis of product type, the market mainly focuses on beverages, snacks, bakery & confectionery, meat & poultry, sauces, dressings, condiments, dairy & desserts, fruits & vegetables, edible fats & oils, and baby food. On the basis of the objective, it has been segmented into new product development, labelling and regulatory compliance.   Session Chair: Dr Lalitha Gowda, former Chief Scientist, CSIR-CFTRI 60 mins
17:00-17:20 Analytical approaches for the Food Nutrition/QC/Fortification Analysis Dr Lalitha Gowda 20 mins
17:20-17:30 AOAC and ISO Cooperation Agreement – Methods Help to Ensure the Nutrient content  in Infant Formula and Adult Nutrition Dr Erik Konings 10 mins
17:30-17:40 SLV on Heavy Metals in Infant Formula and Adult Nutrition Mr.  Y. Sudhakar, FSLS Hyderabad/ Mr. Vishal Arora, AOAC-India 10 mins
17:40-17:50 Profiling of Bioactive Plant Metabolites Ms. Zareen Khan, NRL, ICAR-NRC Grapes, Pune 10 mins
17:50-18:00 Discussion & Summary Dr Lalitha Gowda 10 mins
18:00- 19:30   Poster Session in Collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry The Poster Session will display research findings and technological advances in diverse facets of analytical
sciences. A poster will include a written and pictorial summary of the author’s research. This session will provide an excellent opportunity of exchanging scientific information and findings. 
19:30-22:00 Conference Dinner    
Day 2 29th February, 2020
9:00-10:45 Technical Session 5. Mycotoxins:  Prevention and control, rapid detection methods in food and feed, methods for simultaneous analysis of mycotoxins in cereals, nuts, spices and their derived products.   Session Chair : Dr Alok Srivastava- Chief Scientist, CSIR-CFTRI   105 mins
9:00-9:05 Introduction to the session Dr Alok Srivastava 5 mins
9:05-9:25 Testing for Aflatoxins in Feed and Food- Dynamics of Industry Preference: an AOAC Perspective Mr. Anthony Lupo, Senior Director of Technical Service, Neogen Corporation.  Treasurer, AOAC INTERNATIONAL                             20 mins
9:25-   9:40 Different Approaches to Validation of Methods for Determination of  Mycotoxins in Foods Dr Simon Hird 15 mins
9:40- 10:00 Mycotoxins Monitoring in Spices Dr K. Satya Murthy-  ITC, Guntur 20 mins
10:00-10:15 Analysis of Mycotoxins in Milk Daniel  McMillian, Sciex 15 mins
10:15-10:25 Separation solutions for Aflatoxin analysis Rahela Banu,  Phenomenex 10 mins
10:25- 10:35 Aflatoxin Analysis in Peanuts- a Multi-laboratory Validation Study Ms. Manisha Dhanashetty – NRL, ICAR-NRC Grapes, Pune 10 mins
10:35-10:45 Panel discussion    
10:45-11:15 Tea Break/Refreshments    
11:15-13:00 Technical Session 6. Botanical Integrity Authentic botanicals are by definition non-adulterated, a mutually exclusive relationship that is confirmed through the application of a multilayered set of analytical methods designed to validate the (chemo) taxonomic identity of a botanical and certify that it is devoid of any adulteration. In practice, the ever-increasing sophistication in the process of intentional adulteration, as well as the growing number of botanicals entering the market, altogether necessitate a constant adaptation and reinforcement of authentication methods with new approaches, especially new technologies. This technical session will provide an interactive discussion on this topic with audience and a panel of experts.   Session Chairs:  Dr. J.L.N Sastry, Chief Executive Officer, National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Dr. Amit Chandra, Manager, Chromatography Sciences Group, Analytical Sciences, AMWAY R&D  
11:15-11:20 Introduction to the Session Dr Amit Chandra   5 mins
11:20-11:50 Impact of Specifications on Botanical Quality/Adulteration Abstract: Traceability of botanical ingredients in health and beauty products is a mandate. However, compliance with it alone cannot guarantee the “integrity” of the botanical during its life cycle from seed to shelf. A combination of fit for purpose specification aligned with fit for purpose analytical method is required to assure that. This presentation will recap the hits and misses on quality during traceability process, provide recommendations to maintain botanical integrity in traceability process with emphasis on quality before quantity. The presentation will show examples of specifications that are vulnerable to botanical adulteration, and efforts of industry stakeholders in partnership with AOAC and USP to prevent that. Dr. Amit Chandra, Manager, Chromatography Sciences Group, Analytical Sciences, AMWAY R&D  30 mins
11:50-12:10 The Importance of Proper Certification & Preparation of Natural Product Reference Materials Abstract: Regulatory bodies from US FDA to FSSAI require Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the production of food/dietary supplements to ensure quality of active ingredients and to safeguard against contamination and adulteration. Reliable methods and accurate Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) can help with analytical challenges due to complexities of these natural products, ensuring accuracy, potency, and overall quality. Development of accurate phytochemical CRMs requires control of process from certification of the neat material through formulation, packaging, transport, and shelf life of the finished product. Critical design criteria and examples of phytochemical CRMs developed in accordance with ISO 17034/17025 will be presented along with their use in relevant applications. Mr. Derrell Johnson, Innovation Manager, Reference Materials Franchise, Merck Life Science  20 mins
12:10-12:55 Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities Confronting the Botanical Dietary Supplement Industry Abstract: The issues posing the greatest challenge to the botanical dietary supplements industry center on quality, safety, and benefit. There is an urgent need to ensure that that the scientific base of the industry is kept pace with the rapid expansion of the manufacturing and marketing components. The intent of this panel discussion is to identify and characterize the scientific challenges confronting the botanical dietary supplements industry, explore opposing sides of some controversial issues, and outline an agenda for addressing the more acute problems.    Moderator: Dr. Amit Chandra, Manager, Chromatography Sciences Group, Analytical Sciences, AMWAY R&D Panelists: Dr. J.L.N Sastry, Chief Executive Officer, National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of IndiaDr. Ranjan Mitra, Head – Analytical Department, Dabur India LimitedDr. Saurabh Arora, Executive Director, Arbro Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.Mr. Abhinav Srivastava, Management Committee Member of ReCHaN (Resource Centre for Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals) Mr. Derrell Johnson, Innovation Manager, Reference Materials Franchise, Merck Life Science 45 mins
12:55-13:00 Closing remarks 5 mins
13:00-14:00 Lunch    
14:00-15:30 Technical Session 7. Microbiology : Rapid Microbiology Methods and Regulatory Environment    
14:00-14:05 Brief Introduction of the Session Mr. Vishal Arora- AOAC-India Section  
14:05-14:20 NGS Food Screening for Species Identification Dr. Jaako Mcvey , Global Senior Marketing Manager, Culture Media (Food Protection), Thermo Fisher Scientific  
14:20-14:40 Detection of Parasites in drinking water (Giardia and Cryptosporidium) as per the requirements of IS:10500 – analytical techniques and challenges with respect to an analytical laboratory Dr Sandhya Srivastava  
  Detection of MS2 phage as indicator of viral contamination in drinking water as per the requirements of IS:10500  – analytical techniques and challenges with respect to an analytical laboratory TBD  
  Modern Microbiology: Laboratory Planning and Design for food and pharma microbiological testing Dr. D. Roy, Former Deputy Drugs Controller (India) CDSCO, Min. of Health & FW, Govt. of India  
  Laboratory automation for biochemical confirmation and species identification TBD  
15:30-16:00 Tea Break/Refreshments 
16:00-17:00 Poster Presentation: Brief oral presentation of selected posters   60 mins
17:00-18:30 Closing Session
  India Section of AOAC INTERNATIONAL – Roadmap to Future
Award Session
Valedictory Address

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Parallel Session

Day 1

28th Feb,2020



11:00-13:00 hrs

Joint   AOAC – FSSAI – NVWA parallel session ‘Food safety standards, monitoring, analysis, certification and traceability for fresh fruits and vegetables’ (11:00 – 13:00 hrs)




1. Keynote address (Dr. Dalwai): importance of consuming sufficient safe fruits and vegetables and opportunities for doubling farmers’ incomes and agricultural exports
2. Government panel (FSSAI, NVWA, JS MIDH/director NHB): developments in fruit/vegetable safety and policy/standards/monitoring in India and NL
3. Market panel: Developments, challenges and opportunities for food safety in production and consumption of fruits and vegetables (innovative NL horti company) and certification/traceability in India (retail , GS1, NetCOFaN Consumer Organization, nutrition professional NetProFan, APEDA, ICRIER, CII FACE) and NL (NL company)
4. Possibly the session ends with a common pledge. 


120 mins

Day 2

29 th Feb,2020



Technical Session -1

Session /Panel members



Generic approach for the method validation : Method Validation Vs Matrix , SLV-Level 1 & 2, MLV

Dr Balasubramanian

45 mins



Dr Vishal Arora

30 mins


Role of Public (FCC) Standards in Protecting Supply Chain Integrity

Dr Mrunal Jayawant- USP Hyderabad

30 mins


Tea Break








Introduction to Food Industry Operations and Role of the Analytical Function

Rajesh Giridhar

45 mins


Good Laboratoty Practices – Key Elements and approaches

Dr Balasubramanian

60 mins

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