The Food Analysis Program with Kasetsart University (KU) 2023
The 2nd Food Analysis Training Course in Partnership with Kasetsart University (KU) under the HRD Project – Phase 3 was successfully organized from 24 to 26 April 2023. The activity was implemented both online and on-site, hosted by the Department of Food Science and Technology, KU. The Program was joined by 52 participants which consisted of 13 academic staff, 32 students, 3 private companies, and 4 from the public sector. 6 lecturers with noted expertise in food analysis from the well-known Japanese and Singaporean public and private sectors were invited and shared their practical knowledge based on their wide experiences in the field of food analysis. The curriculum was arranged based on consultation between KU, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) Japan, and the HRD Project. The curriculum consisted of two parts; lectures (Day 1) and hands-on training with High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) (Day 2-3). It was composed of cutting-edge knowledge on food analysis-related topics which cover Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS), JAS Testing Methods, the Development of Functional Foods and the Use of Functional Food Labeling System in Japan, the Importance of Method and Quality Assurance in Analysis, and Hands-on Training with HPLC. In the hands-on training session, the participants were divided into small groups to experience the JAS Testing method. The participants learned and tried the method of how to detect ornithine in raw mushrooms from the pretreatment/sample preparation to HPLC data analysis in a consistent way, as well as how to handle each apparatus and reagent properly.