Contaminants and Residues in Food

Representatives from the regulatory bodies, research institutes and industry are presenting the most pressing questions on how to deal with process, environmental and agricultural contaminants as well as residues. We inform you reliably about all regulatory developments and scientific findings of the last few months, e.g. on PFAS, mineral oil, microplastics, arsenic and PBDE.

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16.05. — 17.05.2024
Novotel Düsseldorf City West
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Contaminants and residues in food are strictly regulated within the European Union. The risk management and toxicological assessment of contaminants and residues, essential to produce compliant products, pose challenges across the entire food industry.

The conference brings together representatives from regulatory and industry backgrounds, as well as political decision-makers to discuss the latest regulatory developments. It keeps track of scientific progress, advances in food analysis and recent developments in risk assessment.


  • European Community policy on contaminants in foodstuffs
  • Emerging chemical risk identification
  • The use of digital tools across the food safety landscape
  • Food fraud and downgraded quality – update on the challenges
  • Current developments on mineral oils
  • PFAS – industry perspective and challenges ahead
  • Micro- and nanoplastics and progress in the analytical sciences
  • “Multiple use” substances – examples and next steps
  • POPs and conclusions of the global WHO/UNEP human milk studies
  • Arsenic and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in food

Who should attend this conference?

Professionals working in the fields of:

  • Analysis
  • Quality assurance & control
  • Product safety
  • Raw material control
  • Regulatory affairs & support
  • Research & development
  • Toxicology

Sectors taking part:

  • Food and feed industry
  • Food retailing
  • Packaging industry
  • Food inspection offices
  • Laboratories
  • Research institutes
  • Authorities
  • Professional associations

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Thursday, 16 May 2024

The indicated times refer to Central European Summer Time CEST.

Morning Session | 09:30 – 13:15
Registration and coffee
Welcoming speech by the organisers and the Chairs

Dieter Schrenk, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany
Peter Fürst, Münster, Germany

Current situation in Germany and Europe – science, policy and practice
Recent and future developments of EU legislation in the field of agricultural contaminants

Frans Verstraete, European Commission, Belgium

Emerging chemical risk identification, including examples

Angelo Maggiore, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy (virtually)

Coffee break
The use of digital tools across the food safety landscape

Hans J. P. Marvin, Hayan Group, The Netherlands

Food fraud – an update

Paulo Augusto Da Costa Filho, Nestlé Research, Switzerland

Practical challenges for a food manufacturer

Marc Lutz, M-Industry (Migros Group), Switzerland

Lunch break

Afternoon Session | 14:45 – 17:45
Recent and future developments of EU legislation in the fields of process and environmental contaminants

Veerle Verheusden, European Commission, Belgium
Frans Verstraete, European Commission, Belgium

Inorganic and organic substances
Update on arsenic in food

Tanja Schwerdtle, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Germany

Coffee break
Other contaminants and residues
Micro/nanoplastics – what progress has been made in the analytical sciences?

Natalia P. Ivleva, Technical University of Munich, Germany (virtually)

Current developments in the risk management of mineral oil hydrocarbons in the Member States

Rüdiger Helling, Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Germany

End of the first conference day
Joint evening event

After the first conference day you are most welcome to attend our evening event for an unhurried evening of good food and leisure time. Please join us to continue the day’s interesting discussions in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

Friday, 17 May 2024

The indicated times refer to Central European Summer Time CEST.

Morning Session | 09:00 – 12:40
Short address by the Chairs

Dieter Schrenk, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany
Peter Fürst, Münster, Germany

Other contaminants and residues
Potential connections among climate-change and mycotoxins-impact within European geographies

Michele Suman, Barilla, Italy

PFAS – industry perspective & challenges ahead

Richard Stadler, Nestlé Research, Switzerland

Update of the risk assessment of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in food

Christer Hogstrand, King’s College London, UK

Coffee break
Multiple source substances
  • The case of indol-3-acetic acid (IAA) and next steps
  • Bromide – natural occurring mineral or indicator for the use of methyl-bromide?
  • Is footnote (A) in Reg. (EC) No 396/2005 the solution to the chlorate problem?

Norbert Fuchsbauer, HiPP, Germany

Global WHO/UNEP-coordinated human milk studies on an expanded number of POPs performed between 2000 and 2019: Overall conclusions and key messages

Rainer Malisch, formerly EU Reference Laboratory for Haloginated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Feed and Food, Germany

Re-evaluation of WHO Toxic Equivalency Factors (TEFs) for dioxins and dioxin-like compounds

Ron Hoogenboom, Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), The Netherlands

Lunch and end of the conference




Paolo Augusto Da Costa Filho

Nestlé Research, Switzerland


Norbert Fuchsbauer

HiPP, Germany

Norbert Fuchsbauer has been working for HiPP since 2012, initially as head of the internal analysis laboratory and later in quality assurance, where he was responsible for the analysis and approval of raw materials. He is currently working as Food Safety Manager in the department of Product Regulatory and Product Compliance.


Peter Fürst

Münster, Germany

Peter Fürst retired as the Director from the CVUA-MEL (Chemical and Veterinary Analytical Institute Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe) in March 2019 and now works part-time at the University of Münster as a Honorary Professor. He joined the EFSA CONTAM Panel from 2006 to 2015 where he was Vice-Chair from 2012 to 2015. Since 2018 he has been a member of the EFSA FAF Panel.


Rüdiger Helling

SaxonState Ministry for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Germany

Rüdiger Helling worked as Head of the Food Contact Materials and Consumer Goods Section at the Saxon State Laboratory for Public and Veterinary Health for 14 years and is member of several scientific advisory committees. In his current position as Head of Division at the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Cohesion he is responsible for the whole diversity of not only contaminants in food.


Christer Hogstrand

King's College London, UK

Christer Hogstrand is a Professor and Head of the Department of Analytica, Environmental and Forensic Sciences at King’s College London. Besides this role, he is an Expert for the EFSA and currently vice-chair of its Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain. He has been involved in numerous EFSA working groups and chaired working groups producing guidance documents on risk assessment of chemical mixtures.


Ron Hoogenboom

Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), The Netherlands

Ron Hoogenboom is the Assistant Programme Leader Food Contaminants at Wageningen Food Safety Research, dealing with environmental contaminants, pesticides and toxins from moulds, algae and plants. Since 2012 he has been a member of the EFSA CONTAM Panel and was the vice-chair of the WG on PFAS.


Natalia P. Ivleva

Technical University of Munich, Germany


Marc Lutz

M-Industry (Migros group), Switzerland

Marc Lutz is a Food Chemist and the Head of SHE, Sustainability and Quality at Migros Industry (Migros Group) in Zurich. Currently he is working on the improvement of the work and food safety culture as well as developing standards for the various Migros production sites. He joined Migros Industry in 2020 to develop and manage the Center of Excellence Quality. From 2012 to 2020 he worked for Chocolat Frey AG and Delica AG as Head of Research & Development. He was a member of the management board and responsible for quality management, food safety, regulatory affairs, sustainability, product development and packaging engineering. Marc has been the President of the Chocosuisse commission \"Food Law Committee\" from 2012-2023.


Angelo Maggiore

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

Angelo Maggiore is a marine environmental scientist. Since 2014 he has been working as Scientific Officer at EFSA, now in the Knowledge, Innovation and Partnership Management Unit. He is coordinating EFSA’s environmental scanning and foresight projects including emerging chemicals, food and feed safety vulnerabilities in the circular and blue economy and climate change. He is coordinating the EFSA project on “Screening for emerging chemical risks in the food chain” and has supported the EFSA Scientific Committee in the development of the Guidance to develop specific protection goals for environmental risk assessment at EFSA, in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services. In the past he has worked at ECHA in the field of environmental hazard classification. At the Italian Environmental Protection Agency, he has worked as environmental damage assessor, providing technical support to the Ministry of the Environment.


Rainer Malisch

retired from EU Reference Laboratory for Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Feed and Food, Germany

Rainer Malisch retired as the Head of the Dioxin Laboratory at the State Institute for Chemical and Veterinary Analysis of Food in Freiburg. He has been working as Head of the Reference Laboratory for determination of chlorinated and brominated POPs in human milk for the WHO/UNEP-coordinated exposure studies in the period 2000-2019 and as Director of the EU Reference Laboratory for Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Food and Feed since 2006.


Hans J. P. Marvin

Hayan Group, The Netherlands

Hans J.P. Marvin is a Biochemist and has been a Senior Scientist at Hayan group in the Netherlands since 2022. In 1991 he started as a Senior Scientist (biochemistry) at Centre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO) in Wageningen, the Netherlands. In 1999, he moved to RIKILT Wageningen UR, now called Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) and became a Senior Scientist specialised in many aspects of food safety, including analysis of foods, research on safety and risk assessment for authorities. He worked on a number of food safety issues, including emerging risk, big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI), food/feed issues related to biotechnology and nanotechnology and risk analysis and initiated many activities within the Netherlands and EU in these fields. Hans’s personal research specialisms are (i) methods for early warning & emerging risk identification, (ii) application of a system approach to food safety and modelling, (iii) application of Bayesian Networks in prediction models for food safety and food fraud, iv) introduction of big data analytics in food safety research including big data infrastructure. On these topics he has organised and chaired numerous workshops and is author and co-author of over 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications.


Dieter Schrenk

University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany

Dieter Schrenk has been a Professor for Food Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology at the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau since 1996. In 2005 he took on the full professorship for Food Chemistry and Toxicology. He joined the EFSA CONTAM Panel in 2003. Since 2018 he has been the Chair of this panel.


Tanja Schwerdtle

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Germany

Tanja Schwerdtle is a Food Chemist and Toxicologist and has been a Full Professor for Food Chemistry at the University of Münster since 2008 and at the University of Potsdam’s Institute of Nutritional Science since 2013. Since March 2020 she has been the Vice President of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin. She is a member of numerous scientific committees, such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel for Contaminants. Since 2021 she has been the Chair of the EFSA WG on arsenic in food.


Richard Stadler

Nestlé Research, Switzerland

Richard Stadler is the Head of the Institute for Food Safety & Analytical Science at Nestlé in Lausanne. Richard has held several research and quality management positions within Nestlé. He is also the Chairman of the FoodDrinkEurope contaminants expert group.


Michele Suman

Barilla, Italy

Michele Suman is the Head of the Food Safety & Authenticity Research Unit at Barilla, working in an international context on research projects within the field of food chemistry, food safety-quality-authenticity, food contact materials, sensing and mass spectrometry applications. He is the Chair of the Italian National Normative Organization (UNI) Food Authenticity Working Group, the Vicechair of the ILSI Food Contaminants Task Force and Coordinator of Quality-Food Safety Pillar - Italian National Cluster Agrifood Scientific Board. Finally, he is Adjunct Professor of AgriFood Authenticity at Catholic University Sacred Heart – Milan/Piacenza.


Veerle Vanheusden

European Commission, Belgium (invited)

Veerle Vanheusden is a Policy Officer in DG SANTE of the European Commission. She joined the European Commission in 2013, where she worked for four years in the Unit “Pesticides and Biocides”. In 2017 she moved to the Unit dealing with food processing technologies and novel foods, where her main area of activity is the EU policy and legislation on contaminants. She has previously worked in the private pharmaceutical sector.


Frans Verstraete

European Commission, Belgium (invited)

Frans Verstraete works in the European Commission in the Direction General SANTE and is responsible for legislation on contaminants.



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