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Opening address: Sabine Kruse
Sabine Kruse Sabine Kruse holds a PhD in agriculture economics from the Humboldt University Berlin. She worked as a scientist at the Institute of Agricultural Economics in Berlin from 1979 to 1990. In 1991 she moved to the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, first in the business economics unit and since 1996 in the animal nutrition unit.

Dr. Kruse is responsible for legislation relating to feed safety and animal nutrition in Germany. In particular she deals with all matters relating to undesirable substances, additives, feed hygiene and labelling. She also coordinates the feed control in Germany. She has been the head of the German Delegation to the Standing Committee for Animal Nutrition by the European Commission. Finally she has been the head of the German Delegation to the Codex Alimentarius Task Force of Animal Feeding.


Session 1: Avo Karus
Avo Karus D.Agr Avo Karus is professor of animal biochemistry in department of food science and food technology of Institute for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of the Estonian University of Life Science since 1997. He graduated in Chemistry at the University of Tartu. In 1990 gained a PhD in Biochemistry at the K.I.Skryabin Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology, Russia. In 1995 him was awarded Doctor of Agriculture (in Animal Sciences) degree at the Estonian Agricultural University. He is also a national expert at the Horizon 2020 Program Committee: Societal Challenge 2 Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland waterway studies and the bio-economy. Professor Karus participated in several international projects and has contributed as external expert, rapporteur and evaluator of numerous Projects, Actions and Institutions.

Session 2: Paul Brereton
Paul Brereton Paul Brereton is Head of Agri-food Research at Fera based in York, UK. As senior scientist working at science-policy interface, he has over 30 years’ experience of applied research in the area of food safety and quality. As well as leading numerous national activities, Paul has co-ordinated two of the world’s largest research projects in the area of food authenticity and traceability: the €20M TRACE project (Tracing the origin of food) and currently FOODINTEGRITY a €12M EU sponsored research project that aims to address, at a European level, many of the gaps identified during the recent horsemeat incident. He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers on food safety and quality and recently edited the book “New analytical approaches for verifying the origin of food” (Woodhead/Elsevier). He has close links with the food industry, UK Public sector, academia and the European Commission. In addition to his Fera role, he has also taken up a position at the Institute of Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) a joint Institute between University of Newcastle and Fera that aims to deliver innovation in research across the agri-food chain. Read more.

Fera has been providing scientific services and solutions to the agri-food industry for over 30 years, including:

  • Food, crops and feed contaminant and residue analyses -– helping you meet legislative requirements , remove technical barriers to trade and protecting your customers
  • Food confidence - helping you protect your brands
  • Food consultancy -– helping you to develop better products with consistent and well defined quality.
  • Online decision support tools - helping you make informed decisions including HorizonScan® – a decision support tool for world-wide emerging food risks and alerts

Session 3: Frans Verstraete
Frans Verstraete Frans Verstraete graduated in 1985 as agricultural engineer at the University of Ghent (Belgium). After his studies he held positions at the University of Ghent and thereafter at the Belgian Ministry of Agriculture and he was for a period technical adviser of the Belgian Minister of Agriculture. He is working for the European Commission since 1997. In the European Commission he has had various functions but since 2000 he is working at the Directorate General Health and Food Safety. He is responsible for the elaboration, development and management of the EU-legislation concerning certain contaminants in feed and food.

Session 4: Peter Radewahn
Peter Radewahn Peter Radewahn had his education at the University of Bonn from 01.10.1977 until 30.04.1983 with several interruptions for practical studies and education on farm. He completed his university education with an academic degree: Diplom-Ingenieur for Agriculture which could be compared to M.Sc. today. Peter got his first employment as scientific assistant in Bundesverband der Mischfutterhersteller (Federal Association of Compound Feed Manufacturers) in Bonn on 01.07.1983. Then, since 1994, he had been the Managing Director of this Federal Association in Bonn. In 2000 this Federal Association of Compound Feed Manufacturers merged with another feed association resulting in the

Deutscher Verband Tiernahrung e. V. (DVT) from which Peter Radewahn is also the Managing Director. As main professional duties, Peter Radewahn is:

  • Consulting the members of the association on different issues and mainly on feed legislation, nutritional systems for farmed animals, energy values in feed systems, market systems in EU;
  • Consulting and lobbying on feed legislation at the Federal Ministry for food, agriculture and consumer protection of Germany, at the German Parliament and from 2000 additionally at the EU-Commission and the EU-Parliament
  • Organizing and evaluating independent feed tests
  • Keeping close relation to scientific associations and research units in Germany and EU
  • Keeping close contact to press and media
  • Acting in the management of and consulting in crises management in the feed business
  • Carrying out education activities in seminars and workshops for the association members on new legislative systems and developments as well as in feeding systems
  • Representing and consulting members for the feed additive industry
  • Having private lectureship in the University of Bonn for “Knowledge transfer in animal nutrition” since 2010
  • A board member of the “International Research Institute on Feed Technology” in Germany since 2004
  • Vice-chairman of the Animal Nutrition Committee of FEFAC, the European Association of Feed Industry
  • Vice-chairman of the Working Group on Methods of Analyses in Feed in the German Institute for Standards (DIN); working together closely with European and International Institutes for Standards (NEN and ISO)
  • Chairman of FEFAC's task force on analyses and tolerances
  • Publisher of the monthly magazine “feedmagazine/Kraftfutter” since 2006
  • Co-Publisher of the regularly edited book “Actual feed legislation” in Germany since 1998

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