Dr. Ken Marsh
Woodstock Institute for Science in Service to Humanity (WISSH)
United States


The goal of the Regulatory Aspects of Reducing Postharvest Losses Working Group is to identify technologies and procedures to reduce food loss and food waste around the globe, and to identify those technologies and procedures that are appropriate to be proposed for harmonized regulations.

Topics & Objectives

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reported in 2011 that total food loss and waste worldwide is one-third of production, or 1.3 billion tons. Recovery of this amount of food could eliminate hunger on earth. In many cases, globally harmonized food safety regulations can play a key role in the adoption of technologies and procedures that will prevent food waste and loss while preserving the safety and wholesomeness of foods for consumers.

The Regulatory Aspects of Reducing Postharvest Losses WG plans to develop white papers and other science-based communications that:

  • Identify technologies and procedures that reduce post-harvest food loss and food waste
  • Identify current practices and existing legistation or regulations that promote food loss and waste
  • Identify technologies and procedures that are appropriate for regulation
  • Study those technologies and procedures to develop a consensus for recommending appropriate and globally harmonized regulations


Lucia Maria Jaeger de Carvalbo
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Michele Marcotta
Ottawa Research and Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Ruth Oniang'o
African Scholarly Communication Science Trust, Kenya

Umezuruike (Linus) Opara, PhD
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Gokara A. Ravishankar, PhD
Dr. C.D Sagar Center for Life Sciences, Dayananda Sagar Institutions, India

Denis Twinamatsiko
McLeod Russel Uganda Ltd., Uganda

Purnendu C. Vasavada, PhD
PCV & Associates, LLC, United States

Dr. h.c. Huub Lelieveld
Global Harmonization Initiative, The Netherlands


Dates, times and locations to be announced.

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