Food Safety Conference

Food safety to take centre stage at new conference

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Food safety, Food, Food standards agency, Security

Make a date to attend our Food Safety Conference 2013 on Thursday October 17 at the National Motorcyle Museum near Birmingham
Make a date to attend our Food Safety Conference 2013 on Thursday October 17 at the National Motorcyle Museum near Birmingham
The latest thinking on food safety will take centre stage at a one-day conference organised by the Food Manufacture Group at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull on Thursday October 17 2013.

We have assembled an expert panel of speakers to advise food and drink manufacturers how they can avoid food safety problems that could lead to product recalls costing millions of pounds.

The conference aims to ensure your systems are fit for purpose and able to detect potential chemical or pathogen contamination incidents.

Topics covered include: regaining consumer trust in the wake of the horsemeat crisis, how to ensure your products are safe and legal and managing risk and regulatory responsibilities in a changing world.

The conference will also answer the questions: where now for third party audits, how best to handle a product recall and how to improve your firm’s food safety culture.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Colin Dennis, former president of the Institute of Food Science & Technology and a former director general of Campden BRI.

Speakers will include:

Sue Davies​, chief policy adviser for consumer watchdog Which? who will discuss what damage to consumer trust has been caused by horsegate and how this can be regained.

Mark Woolfe​, a former authenticity expert at the Food Standards Agency, who will explain why the testing regime fell down in the case of horsemeat and suggest how similar attempts to pass off inferior ingredients can be avoided in future.

David Brackston​, British Retail Consortium technical director, will explain how third-party food safety audits can provide reassurance about the integrity of the food supply chain.

Professor Tony Hines​, head of food security and crisis management at Leatherhead Food Research, will describe the latest thinking on crisis management: identifying where problems are likely to occur and mitigating their impact when they do.

Dominic Watkins,​ legal expert from DWF, will highlight real cases where product recalls have been handled well – and where they haven’t.

René Crevel​, science leader, allergy & immunology with Unilever, will discuss the latest thinking on allergen controls and thresholds.

Patrik Sjöberg​, product director from computer systems specialist Infor, will discuss the use of computer-based traceability systems.

We will also examine how social media can be used to detect food and drink safety problems and how it can be used to minimise a problem once it has occurred.

More information about the conference – including details of an Early Bird ticket price – is available here.

Alternatively, telephone Ellie Ray on 01293 610279 or email ryyvr.enl@jeoz.pbz

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Nature of employment and food safety

Posted by James Ritchie,

The elephant in the room is the growth of precarious employment through multiple layers of outsourcing.

The best auditors are workers in the industry who have a stake in the industry and have the protection and confidence to speak out.

External audits are not enough.This topic needs to be an integral part of your conference

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