What goes in must come out - environmental impact on food safety
Prof. Dr. Reiner Wittkowski is since 2003, the vice-president of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, BfR) in Berlin. After completing the study of Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, he attained his doctorate in Food Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Technical University of Berlin. In 1986 he received a scholarship from the German Society for Research (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) with which he did postdoc studies at the University of California, Davis, USA.
In 1995 Professor Wittkowski completed postdoctoral studies in Food Sciences and Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin. In 1990 he became Head of Dept. for “Wine and other Beverages” at Max-von-Pettenkofer-Institute of the Federal Health Office. Subsequently, he became Head Dept. for “Analytics” at BfR. Professor Wittkowski is an Adjunct Professor for Food Chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin as well a member of the Wine Research Committee of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftung Warentest and an Advisory Board member of the Committee for Food and Agricultural Products Standards (NAL) of the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN). He is also the second representative for Germany at the Advisory Forum of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 2003 to 2009 Professor Wittkowski held the offices of President and Vice-President of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), Paris. He is currently Honorary President of the OIV and has received several awards for his work in various countries.