Department of Chemistry at KOU Held a Workshop on ‘Chemical Ingredient of Food and its Labelling’

FSCHOnce again, one of the academic staff of the Department of Chemistry, Asst. Prof. Dr. Salam Ghafour Taher on 4th of August inaugurated one-day workshop on Chemical ingredient of food and the best way to read the labels on it, which was organised by the  FSCH at Koya University. In this workshop, the focus was on how to decide which food is of a better quality by reading the label of food and knowing the ingredients that define and measure it’s quality. Additives which play a crucial part in our daily food are substances added to food to prevent spoilage, appearance, preserve flavour or enhance taste, or other sensory qualities. Emulsifiers (which used to prevent water and fat from separating), thickeners, vitamins and minerals, sweeteners, and salt are all common examples of additives.

Apart from that, the main types of additives which are natural and bio, and synthetic (artificial) have been explained with some available natural healthy replacements.

About the workshop:
The Instructors:  Asst. Prof. Dr. Salam Ghafour Taher

Faculty: Science and Health
Department:  Chemistry
Number of participants: 46 Academic staff
Number of days: 1 days (3hrs.).

Program of the workshop:

10:00 to 11:00:  Introduction – Science and Health Research Center Hall 

11:00-12:00: Food additives and it’s types– Science and Health Research Center Hall 

12:00-01:00:  Food contamination and reading food labels– Science and Health Research Center Hall




Koya University (KOU) is located in the city of Koya (Koy Sanjaq) which is 1.0 hr drive to the East of the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil (Arbil, Hewlér) in Kurdistan Region of F.R. Iraq. It is on the foothills of beautiful high mountain. Its campus has been carefully laid out to embrace the beautiful mountainous nature. . There are 4 Faculties and 2 Schools in KOU; Faculty of Engineering (FENG), Faculty of Science and Health (FSCH), Faculty of Education (FEDU), Faculty of Humanities and Social Silences (FHSS), Shcool of Physical Education (SPHE) and School of Medicine (SMED). Also, there are two research centers; Genome Center and Malai Gawra Center. Moreover, at KOU there is an English Language Center (BELC) at KOU has been opened with the sponsorship of IREX and American embassy in Baghdad as well as with the support of Spring International Language Center of The University of ArkansasKOU has two Scientific Journals; ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University, which is indexed by Clarivate Analytics (ESCI), and Koya University Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (KUJHSS). KOU is a proactive member of Erasmus/ Marhaba Project and Erasmus+. KOU signed many Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with many International Universities, e.g., The University of Arkansas (June 2015). The Lulea University in Sweden (April 2014), The University of Nottingham in the UKThe University of Buckingham in the UK (Oct 2008), Belkin University in Turkey (Sep 2009) and The University of Greenwich in the UK.


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