Stefan Kuepper, PhD – Vice President Food Safety – Europe, Ecolab

    • Stefan Kuepper, PhD – Vice President Food Safety – Europe, Ecolab's presentations

    Speaker Bio:
    Based in Monheim, Germany, Stefan works to enhance Ecolab’s reputation as a global food safety services and technology provider by partnering with industry and customers on food safety initiatives, building networks for food safety advocacy, supporting Ecolab food safety activities and coordinating and publicizing food safety information. He actively researches new threats to food safety and provides guidance for Ecolab divisional food safety innovations. Stefan is actively involved with AISE, GFSI, HACCP, FSMA, FSSC 22000, IFS and BRC.
    Stefan has been with Ecolab for 22 years in various roles, most recently as vice president, RD&E for Ecolab Healthcare – Europe. Previously he served as vice president, RD&E for Ecolab Food & Beverage Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Ecolab, Stefan conducted academic research at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Stefan holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) University in Aachen, Germany.

    Presentation Title:
    Residue limits in food: Shifting paradigms in the EU?

    Presentation Synopsis:
    The Precautionary Principle has been fundamental to the EU’s approach on hazard assessment and risk management of residues in food:. Pesticides may serve as an illustrative examples with default RLs set at detection limits thus establishing clear risk and communication scenarios: undetectable – ready to eat, above RL: illegal to market. Now, as a consequence of the Biocide Product Regulation (BPR, EU 528/2012), residue limits for a new class of products fundamental to production of safe and hygienic food, disinfectants/biocides, is being reviewed by law makers. This presentation looks at the different approach being considered and the more complex risk management and communications challenges it will trigger for the Food Industry.

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