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Quantifying Salt & Sodium in foods – challenges and implications

About this event

We are pleased to invite you to the first AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa Webinar, themed Quantifying Salt & Sodium in foods – challenges and implications.

The high level of sodium intake in our diets has been widely associated with increased blood pressure (a risk factor for certain non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases) and has emerged as a growing public health concern. Food manufacturers reduce the level of sodium in their products by reducing salt (sodium chloride) as well as other sodium-contributors such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) in their recipe to improve the quality of the nutritional profile of products in accordance with WHO recommendations. In order to achieve the target reduction and maintain consumer acceptance after reformulation of food products, one of the approaches that food manufacturers use is the partial replacement of sodium chloride (NaCl) with potassium chloride (KCl). Governments, on the other hand use different approaches to drive the reduction of sodium and salt in foods. Some provide guidelines and recommendations, while others implement standards or regulations stipulating maximum limits for sodium and/or sodium chloride in various food products.

Join us as we navigate the challenges and implications of testing for salt and sodium in foods.

Our speaker lineup includes:

  1. Dr Liberty Sibanda, Randox (Programme Director for th event)
  2. Mrs. Linda Drummond, Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA)
  3. Dr Geoffrey Muriira, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
  4. Dr Owen Fraser, Nestlé Research
  5. Dr Maria Fernandes-Whaley, National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA)
  6. Dr Eve Kroukamp & Dr Aaron Hineman, PerkinElmer

If you would like to download our Whitepaper on this topic, please click here.

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We look forward to meeting you online!

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    Geoffrey Muriira Chief Manager – Research and Development Dept. @ Kenya Bureau of Standards

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    Dr Liberty Sibanda Randox

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    Linda Drummon Consumer Goods Council of South Africa

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    Maria Fernandes-Whaley National Metrology Institute of South Africa

    Dr Fernandes-Whaley represents South Africa on the International Consultative Committee for Quantity of Material – Organic Analysis Working Group, and is a member of the SABS Technical Committee for Reference Materials and SANAS Food Specialist Technical Committee.

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    Owen Fraser, PhD Nestlé Research

    Owen is the President of the Sub-Saharan Africa Section of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL. He also works as a Scientist at the Nestlé Institute of Food Safety and Analytical Sciences, Nestlé Research in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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    Dr Aaron Hineman Inorganic Product Line Leader-Americas @ PerkinElmer

    Aaron has a strong background in inorganic analytical chemistry including hands-on expertise in state of the art ICP-MS and ICP-OES instrumentation, hyphenated speciation using chromatography coupled to ICP-MS, and working in 21 CFR Part 11 compliant laboratories for elemental impurity analysis.

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    Eve Kroukamp Associate Product Leader-ICP-MS @ PerkinElmer

    Eve in the Associate Product Leader ICP-MS at PerkinElmer and has her PhD in Analytical Chemistry. Her interests include environmental and food analysis and of course, elemental analysis using ICP-MS and hyphenated techniques.