Composition of the Code of Practice Expert Group

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The AIJN COP Expert Group is a  group of internationally well-known experts in the fruit juice industry with in-depth technical knowledge in different fields.  They are representing the processing industry, packaging industry, universities, institutes and commercial laboratories.

The Code of Practice Expert Group is a sub-group of the AIJN Technical Committee.

Scope of work:

Providing expert opinions and proposals on relevant technical and technology-related issues regarding: 

1. Development and maintenance of Code of Practice, reference guidelines, position papers and other relevant documents. 

2. Providing scientific advice in relation to the European Union legislation and Codex Alimentarius standards and guidelines.  

3. Maintenance of the AIJN Code of Practice website.

The Code of Practice Expert Group consists of a Core Group which meets at least 2 times a year and a Support Group which meets at least once a year together with the Core Group.

 

                                                MEET THE EXPERTS


Mikko Hofsommer 
General Manager, GfL
1. Could you please tell what your background is?

I am the general manager of GfL in Berlin which is an independent service laboratory in the field of juices and related products. I have studied food chemistry and as a publicly certified expert for soft drinks and fruit juices I am active in several scientific and industry associations, for example, I chair the IFU Methods of Analysis Commission.

2. How long have you been working for the AIJN Code of Practice Expert Group?

 I joined the group in 2017, so I’m one of the newbies in this club. 

3. Why did you accept to become a Code of Practice expert?

 This is THE place to work together with true professional experts dedicated to this industry, what could be more enjoyable? 

4. What do you like the most about this job?

You can directly contribute to global juice safety, authenticity and quality, you always learn from the colleagues and the mussels in Kasterlee of course. 

5. Which project (work on specific guideline) was the most challenging? 

Discussions on Sorbitol or Arbutin, for example, were surely demanding but if there is a will, there is a way ;) 

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Liudmila Khomich Project Manager, 
Russian Union of Juice Producers 

 1. Could you please tell what your background is? 

 I graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in chemistry. Next, I used to work in the field of analytical and physical chemistry. In 2002, I came to work in a juice factory as an engineer-chemist. From that time my work has been connected with the juice industry - quality control, new product development, technical regulation. Since 2010, I have been working in the Russian Union of Juice Producers (RPSS) - an organization uniting juice producers in Russia. 

 2. How long have you been working for the AIJN Code of Practice Expert Group? 

 I have been working in this expert group since 2011. 

 3. Why did you accept to become a Code of Practice expert? 

 Work in this group is extremely important for the Russian juice industry. The AIJN Code of Practice is the basis document for evaluation of authenticity juices and nectars. 

 4. What do you like the most about this job? 

 Expert Group is the heart of the Code of Practice. It brings together unique professionals from around the world. This is an invaluable experience. 

 5. Which project (work on specific guideline) was the most challenging? 

 Reference Guideline for cranberry juice. RSPS collected a lot of data for American and European cranberry. Especially for European cranberry (V.Oxycoccus). This kind of cranberry is the most popular in Russia. This work went for several years. 

José Lorente,
Technology Assistance John Bean Technologies FoodTech

1. Could you please tell what your background is?
I have a PhD at the University of Lleida in Food Technology.

2. How long have you been working for the AIJN Code of Practice Expert Group?
Since 1.999, last Century

3. Why did you accept to become a Code of Practice expert?
I was proposed by the Spanish Tech Committee from Asozumos.

4. What do you like the most about this job?
The implication of the team, the discussions and the good ambient inside the group.

5. Which project (work on specific guideline) was the most challenging?
For me, all the citrus guidelines and the pomegranate. In the last time

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