Francois Bourdichon


“François is the Food Safety Analytical Governance Director for the Company Danone, where he is in charge of the global analytical organization necessary for all the divisions of Danone to perform with trust in his controls and at a level among the best in class Food Manufacturers.

François earned his Master of Science in Microbiology from the “Institut Pasteur” of Paris, France.
He is delegate of France at different Standing Committees of the International Dairy Federation and represents Danone in in key influential bodies like AOAC or ISO.”



The day after tomorrow: holistic data integration of consumer health, manufacturing, supply chain and food testing – part 2

Bert Pöpping & François Bourdichon

The presentation will aim to provide an outlook of what to expect over the next five years and beyond in the areas of consumer health, supply chain, manufacturing and food testing.

Current developments in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), including Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), already allow predictions for acute and late-onset diseases (e.g. cardiovascular diseases) as well as analysis of the gut microbiome. Based on this, intelligent mobile applications can advise consumers for choosing one product over another. Communication technologies like Near Field Communication (NFC) build into household devices like fridges, and labels on every food product and throughout the supply chain will allow the tracking and tracing of products through the supply chain on one hand, and – through integration with sensor technologies (e.g. for off-scents) and readers, allow consumer to know if a product past its Best Before End (BBE) date is still acceptable for consumption. This will also contribute to reduction of food waste. At the same time, handheld devices supporting consumers with special needs, e.g. allergic consumers, will help to avoid unsuitable foods. In-line, at line and online devices at the food manufacturing site will help identify contamination problems and quality issues without the need to send each sample to a laboratory. Food testing laboratories will work with harmonised integrated data solutions , and like all other stakeholders, will draw from data clearinghouses global information on expected product composition to identify aberrations, adulterations and contaminations.

The presentation will show which of the technologies already exist today and provide some examples of its deployment. It will explain which developments and harmonisation can be reasonable be expected in the next few years which are the developments that can be expected further into the future.


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