Seminar on Process-Related Compounds and Natural Toxins

Parma, Italy


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 Parma and ILSI Europe.

The symposium took place on 18 September 2018 in Parma, Italy.
This seminar, organised by the ILSI Europe Process-Related Compounds Task Force (PRC TF) tackled subjects relating to such substances, particularly focusing on assessing their impact on human health.

Organising Committee

• Dr Michele Suman – Barilla G&R Fratelli (IT)
• Ms Sue O’Hagan – PepsiCo (UK)
• Prof. Daniele Del Rio – University of Parma (IT)
• Prof. Chiara Dall’Asta - University of Parma (IT)
• Mr Elias Rito, ILSI Europe (BE)


The flyer including the programme is available here.

10:00 Welcome from Parma
Dr Daniele Del Rio
University of Parma

10:10 Presentation: Who is ILSI Europe?
Mr Elias Rito
ILSI Europe

10:20 Introduction to ILSI Europe’s Process-Related Compounds and Natural Toxins (PRC) Task Force and Upcoming Projects
Ms Sue O’Hagan

Dr Michele Suman
Barilla G&R Fratelli

11:00 Young researchers presentation Risk and benefits of plant foods: boxing around a cup of coffee
Dr Luca Dellafiora and Dr Pedro Mena
University of Parma

11:30 Round table discussion

12:00 Closure


Registration is available here

Attendance is free but is subject to registration which includes:
• Admission to the seminar;
• Coffee, refreshments and light lunch;
• For people attending the EFSA conference, a free shuttle service is foreseen after the seminar.


Aule delle Scienze
Parco Area delle Scienze
IT 43124 Parma

For more information on this event, please contact Mr Elias Rito, Scientific Project Manager (