Franz Ulberth is Head of the Fraud Detection and Prevention Unit at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Franz graduated with a PhD in “Food Science and Biotechnology” from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. In 1994, he was appointed professor of food chemistry at the same university. Franz joined the JRC in 2002 as a program coordinator for food and environmental reference materials. In 2007, Franz was nominated Head of the Food Safety and Quality Unit. As of July 2016, he heads a newly created unit devoted to the detection of fraud in the food chain and selected consumer goods such as tobacco. He represents the Joint Research Centre in relevant food-related technical committees of standards-developing organizations such as the European Committee for Standardization, International Organization for Standardization, AOAC INTERNATIONAL, and the Codex Alimentarius. Franz served for a long time on the editorial board of Food Chemistry, European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, and currently he is a member of the editorial board of Food Additives and Contaminants.

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