Happy World Food Safety Day

‚ÄčKAUST Community Life Food Safety and KAUST Research are contributing to the development of the Middle East and North Africa Section of the Association of Official Analytical Collaboration (AOAC INTERNATIONAL), the leading organization for the standardization of food analytical methods worldwide.

Through this developing partnership and its participation in the University Taskforce of AOAC INTERNATIONAL, KAUST is promoting and propagating best practices in food analytical science, which will be highlighted as part of the collective celebration of this year's World Food Safety Day.

Please join us to celebrate World Food Safety Day which is marked annually on June 7, and is dedicated this year to the importance of food analytical practices as a pre-requisite to ensuring access to safe and quality food and agri-food products to the world's population.

This year, the Community Life Food Safety Team is collaborating with the leadership of AOAC INTERNATIONAL to host a webinar aiming to raise awareness of the importance of food analytical science.


Attend the webinar:

Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow

The aim of this webinar is to draw attention and inspire action to the requirements of accurate and reliable food testing as part of ensuring food safety and quality, as well as supporting free flow of food and agri-food commodities as part of international trade. Discrepancies in food testing results are cited as a major source of disagreements between trading partners, which emphasizes the importance of standardization in the development and implementation of food testing in regulatory settings. As a leader of analytical excellence, AOAC INTERNATIONAL advances food safety, food integrity, and public health, by bringing together members, organizations, and experts dedicated to developing and validating standards, methods and technologies, of global relevance.

AOAC INTERNATIONAL is committed to maximizing its impacts in all regions of the world and is working to create a section in North Africa and the Middle East, with the intent to promote standardization in food analysis throughout the region.

This webinar will review the mission of AOAC International, its relevance for the region and the contribution of KAUST as a major Academic center in the region to this global objective.

Guest panelists and speakers:

  • Special guest from Saudi Food and Drugs Authority:  Dr. Rashed Al Aarfaj , Executive Director of Monitoring and Risk  assessment at SFDA : " The role of SFDA to ensure food safety and the importance of data to drive food regulatory decision-making processes"
  • Dr. Erin Crowley, President AOAC INTERNATIONAL  Introducing the Global mandate of AOAC International and its contribution to food safety internationally
  • Mr. David Schmidt, Executive Director AOAC INTERNATIONAL : Current and future directions of AOAC International
  • Prof. Samuel Godefroy, Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Policies, University Of Laval, Quebec, Canada, member of the Board of Directors, AOAC INTERNATIONAL : Towards a MENA Section of AOAC International
  • Ms. Mariem Ben Said, KAUST Community Life Food Safety & Quality Assurance Lead and AOAC INTERNATIONAL University Taskforce member


Learn more about World Food Safety Day

Safe food is essential to promote the health of consumers and to end hunger, which are two of the 17 main UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

This year's theme, 'Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow,' stresses that production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet, and the economy will help us meet the needs of the future. It will also emphasize the importance of food analytical practices as a pre-requisite to ensuring access to safe and quality food and agri-food products to the world's population.


This year, we are pleased to announce our developing collaboration with AOAC INTERNATIONAL, the premier international standardization organization for analytical protocols targeting food and the environment, established since 1884. AOAC methods are referenced in several food regulatory provisions around the world, including in the United States, Canada, China, Japan and Latin America.


About Food Safety at KAUST

This webinar is brought to you by the Community Life Food Safety & Quality Assurance Team.  Learn more about food safety at KAUST.

Looking forward to seeing you there

KAUST logo

Event Quick Information

10 Jun, 2021
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM