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Skopje hosts international congress on food quality and safety

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Studies on food should be made available to people in order to educate themselves and to have access to accurate information so as to prevent them from reading random articles on social media, including Facebook, and on web-portals that are written by laymen, it was concluded.

Participants in the International Congress Nutricon 2017 warned about the dangers of quackery, ever-present on the Internet, especially when it comes to the healthy aspects of food. They said that many products are being recommended that can allegedly cure cancer. All kinds of diets and healthy food regimes are increasingly the subject of manipulation. Recently, they said, traditional food is especially affected – it’s modern to talk about it, but all of these debates lack scientific findings.

According to the professors who delivered lectures at the event, politics should be removed from food discussions, allowing experts to play the key part there. Those making decisions should be held responsible, it was noted.

“It’s tragic that people have more trust in Facebook than in the scientific community when it comes to food. The problem lies in us. We, the scholars, tend to share information in small, closed areas… The only way to fight against Facebook is to distribute real science both on Facebook and on all other social media,” said university professor Vladimir Kakurinov, organizer of the congress.

The two-day congress brings together over 150 doctors, nutritionists, technology engineers, companies, consumers, representatives of government and international institutions in the field of health and nutrition, and producers of quality and safe food.

The event is organized in cooperation with the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) and the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI).