Seminar on Process-Related Compounds and Natural Toxins 2019

Gembloux, Belgium

As consumers are often exposed to naturally occurring contaminants and process-related compounds in their diets, it is crucial to investigate how these compounds are formed in order to improve how we detect and measure them and to assess their safety.

• To present scientific topics related to process-related compounds which includes toxins, hydrocarbon, mineral oils among others;
• To identify topics of research with a wide audience of stakeholders;
• To strengthen interaction between young researchers from the University of Liege and ILSI Europe.

The seminar was planned on 14 November 2019 in Gembloux, Belgium. This seminar, organised by the ILSI Europe Process-Related Compounds Task Force (PRC TF) tackles subjects relating to such substances, particularly focusing on assessing their impact on human health.

Organising Committee
• Dr Michele Suman – Barilla G&R Fratelli (IT)
• Prof. Giorgia Purcaro – University of Liège (BE)
• Prof. Christophe Blecker – University of Liège (BE)
• Dr Tobias Recker – ILSI Europe (BE)

Call for Abstracts is Open
We invited participants to submit poster abstracts (max. 250 words) related to the topic of the seminar. Please share your abstract with Dr Tobias Recker at Posters must be A0 size (120 x 90 cm) and in portrait view. Deadline for registration and submission of poster abstracts is 30 October 2019.

The programme is available here

13:00 Registration

13:30 - 13:35 - Welcome from University of Liège
Giorgia Purcaro and Christophe Blecker - University of Liège

13:35 - 13:40 - Welcome from ILSI Europe
Isabelle Guelinckx - ILSI Europe

13:40 - 14:05 - Introduction to ILSI Europe's PRC TF and ongoing activities
Michele Suman - Barilla G&R Fratelli

14:05 - 14:30 – Presentation on the topic of the Mineral Oils group
Giorgia Purcaro - University of Liège

14:30 - 14:50 – Study of volatile organic compounds emitted by mycotoxin-producing fungi to develop specific sensors
Laurie Josselin - University of Liège

14:50 - 15:10 – Determination of dialkyl ketones (DAK) in interesterified lipids by GC-FID and GC-MS
Steven Mascrez - University of Liège

15:10 - 15:30 – Biogenic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoked fish and smoked- dried fish marketed in Benin and dietary exposure of the consumer
Herbert Iko Afé - University of Liège

15:30 Question and answer

15:45 Coffee and refreshments / poster session / visit of the TERRA research centre

Auditorium Senghor
Université Liège Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Avenue de la Faculté d'Agronomie, 11
BE 5030 Gembloux
Directions – click here

For more information on this event, please contact Dr Tobias Recker, Senior Scientific Project Manager (