Distinguished colleagues and dear friends,
I am extremely honoured to invite you, on behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committee, to participate in the Third International Congress on Food Safety and Quality – Food, Health and Climate Change – which we are again organizing in Opatija, from 10th to 13th November 2020.
This year’s International Congress on Food Safety and Quality will once again be held under the high auspices of the competent authorities and institutions, and will be organized by the Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute of Public Health, the Croatian Metrology Society, and the South-East European Network for Food Safety and Quality Control (SEEN-FSQC). It is co-organized by the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology of the University of Zagreb, the Institute for Health and Food Safety Zenica, and the Institute of Public Health of Vojvodina, in cooperation with other distinguished institutions from the country and abroad.
Encouraged by overwhelming interest generated by the first two Congresses on food safety and quality (New Achievements and Future Challenges in 2017 and Food Life Cycle in 2018) attended by more than 700 participants and including a large number of guest speakers from the country and abroad, who presented their interesting arguments in the form of numerous plenary lectures, oral presentations, satellite symposia, workshops, and posters, we aim to organize an even larger and more educational Third International Congress on Food Safety and Quality.
As part of the third edition of the Congress, we will also organize the Second International Conference of the Food Safety and Quality Centre, emphasizing topics that belong to the Centre’s scope of activity. We will also present the activities undertaken so far, as well as the experiences of local and foreign experts in food adulteration, protection of origin and geographical origin of food, and new analytical developments in the domain.
Food safety and quality, determining the origin, geographical origin, and food adulteration and its impact on consumer health, as well as the impact of climate change on cultivation and quality – these are the topics of shared responsibility among everyone involved in the production chain: the country, producers, distributors, professionals, and consumers, but also the media, which hold responsibility for informing the public on current topics.
Given that our common objective is to protect and improve human health, by organizing the Third International Congress on Food, Health and Climate Change, our desire is to continue to raise awareness of this important topic also among professionals.
Thank you in advance for your response. We look forward to meeting you in Opatija in November 2020!
Zvonimir Šostar, MD