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Horsemeat: Learning the lessons of an avoidable crisis

Type:Online conference

The horsemeat crisis has rocked the UK food industry to its roots. It has wiped millions of pounds from the balance sheets of food manufacturers, retailers, foodservice companies and other businesses, while causing massive reputational damage.

To help prevent a similar crisis, the Food Manufacture Group is staging a free, one-hour webinar, to take place at 11am on Thursday May 16. The webinar – Horsemeat: learning the lessons of an avoidable crisis – will focus on how food businesses can guard against food contamination problems.

The following people will be speaking at the webinar:

Hilary Ross, partner, business law firm DWF

Qualified in both English and Scottish Law, Hilary advises in all aspects of EU and UK regulatory issues. She has particular expertise in food law. 
Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession consistently ranks Hilary as a star performer in the field of food law and praises her as being “undoubtedly a dominant force in the marketplace”. Her expertise was recognised by the national media during the horsemeat scandal where she was the leading legal commentator on the issue, with regular appearances on BBC and Sky TV and radio to explain the implications.
Chambers also ranks Hilary as a leader in the field of advertising and marketing stating she is “applauded for her direct way of attacking problems and giving advice”. Over the past five years, Hilary has guided clients through the uncertainty caused by the impact of legislation governing health and nutrition claims and has advised on the development of workable strategies and policies; highlighting unforeseen problems to regulators to achieve workable solutions.  
Hilary has worked closely with clients to help them understand the potential impact on their products of the Food Information Proposal currently making its way through the EU legislative processes.

Andrew Rhodes, director of operations, Food Standards Agency

Andrew Rhodes joined the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as UK director of operations in August 2010. Andrew is responsible for all of the physical activities that go on to keep food safe, including meat inspection, animal feed, imported food, eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish and the performance on food safety of the UK’s 430 plus local authorities. Andrew joined the civil service in 2005 having previously worked in local government and the private sector. He lives in South Wales with his wife and two young children and plays the trumpet very loudly and very badly.

Professor Tony Hines, head of food security and crisis management consultancy , Leatherhead Food Research (LFR)

Crisis Management Consultancy services and training courses have been run in the UK, Spain, Ireland and around the world as far afield as South America, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand the US and many European countries. Private clients include many of the Europe's top 10 food and drinks manufacturers and retailers. He has over 20 years’ experience in delivering training programmes in a lively and unforgettable format and has worked at LFI for over 40 years. Tony has lectured and written widely on food supply chain issues, especially on food fraud and has over twenty years’ experience of serious, accidental and malicious food contamination issues.

Mike Stones, group editor, Food Manufacture

Before joining the Food Manufacture Group, Mike was the editorial director of Decision News Media, which was acquired by William Reed Business Media in June 2009. In previous roles, Mike was deputy editor for the agricultural titles Farmers Weekly and Crops and has written for The Ecologist and aviation titles.

Book your place on this free online event here.