The chief scientist of the government’s food safety watchdog, the Food Standards Agency, is to take part in a free webinar designed to move the debate about food science and technology onto a firmer scientific footing.
Dr Andrew Wadge will explain how regulatory frameworks can help to introduce clarity in the debate about controversial food technologies such as irradiation, nanotechnology and genetic modification.
The free, one-hour long webinar ‘Food fact and fiction, separating science from myth’ is being organised by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and FoodManufacture.co.uk. and will take place at 11am GMT on Thursday, January 24, 2013.
Consumer watchdog Which?
Also taking part are consumer watchdog Which? and Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).
Sue Davies, chief policy adviser Which?, will place the debate in the framework of consumer acceptability.
LFR principal consumer analyst Nicole Patterson will reveal recent research that uncovers consumers’ perceptions about the communication and application of nanotechnology and GM topics.
The webinar is aimed at anyone in the industry who welcomes a debate based on science and technology rather than mere prejudice. It will also be particularly useful to food sector communicators, food science and technology policy makers, and government science policy makers.
IFST ceo Jon Poole said: “I sincerely hope that this webinar will provide a proper platform for true scientific principles to take precedence over scare stories, rhetoric and unfounded discussion over some of the most important food science issues.”
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