AOAC Leading in Analytical Excellence; Adopts New Standards and Methods for Infant Formula, Food Safety, Dietary Supplements, and Alternative Methods

On August 26–29, 2018, during the AOAC Annual Meeting and Exposition in in Toronto, Canada, more than 800 key experts, international authorities, and other appropriate stakeholders from industry, government, and academia had a voice in setting standards and finding the best, fit-for-purpose methods that are globally recognized and accepted. Major outcomes included new methods and standards for infant formula, food safety, dietary supplements, and alternative methods.

“It was particularly important to me that this meeting was held outside the United States because I continue to be a strong advocate for ensuring that AOAC INTERNATIONAL operates with an international focus,” says DeAnn Benesh of 3M and then-president of AOAC.

Highlights of the 2018 Annual Meeting include:
  • Official MethodsSM for aloe vera, echinacea, ginger, ginseng, and kavalactones (2) in dietary supplements
  • Official MethodsSM for amino acids and vitamin B3 in infant formula and adult/pediatric nutritional formula
  • Official MethodsSM for fructan and sugars
  • Official MethodSM for enterobacteriaceae in foods
  • Standard Method Performance Requirements (SMPRs®) for skullcap materials in commerce
  • SMPR for lactose in low-lactose or lactose-free milk, milk products, and products containing dairy ingredients
  • SMPR for veterinary drug residues in food SMPR for pesticide residues in dried cannabis materials
  • SMPR for peanut allergen
In addition, the International Stakeholder Panel on Alternative Methods (ISPAM) introduced and began standards development activities for the next priority allergens, hazelnut and almond.

Keynote speaker Aline Dimitri, Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer, Executive Director, Food Safety Science Directorate, Science Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), advocated the importance of fit-for-purpose and validated methods to build public trust in food safety. She examined examine essential elements to building public trust, including transparency, sound science, and international collaboration with organizations like AOAC.

Wiley Award winner Ikhlas Khan, director of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi, examined methodologies for determining the quality and purity of dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, and other products placed on the market as using natural ingredients. He stressed the importance of quality of the test material for precise and accurate analysis and highlighted efforts undertaken in his research center.

Advances made at the Annual Meeting will continue throughout fall/winter 2018, culminating in stakeholder, working group, and ERP meetings held at the AOAC Mid-Year Meeting on March 11-15, 2019, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

Full coverage of the 132nd AOAC Annual Meeting and Exposition is scheduled for the November/December 2018 issue of ILM.