Food Standards Agency joins Unilever at safety conference

By Mike Stones

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Don't miss the Food Safety Conference early bird ticket price offer. Telephone Ellie Ray on 01293 610279 or email
Don't miss the Food Safety Conference early bird ticket price offer. Telephone Ellie Ray on 01293 610279 or email
Key speakers from the Food Standards Agency, Unilever and Which? will be joining our expert line-up at Food Manufacture’s Food Safety Conference at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull on Thursday October 17, 2013.

Centre stage will be the latest thinking on food safety and what we have learnt from recent food crises. The conference will arm food and drink manufacturers with the information they need to take decisive action to safeguard their business – both to prevent a crisis happening and to minimise the impact if one does occur.

Andrew Rhodes​, operations director at the Food Standards Agency, will draw together learnings from the horsemeat crisis about the regulatory framework covering food supply chains.

René Crevel​, science leader, allergy and immunology with Unilever, will focus on how food and drink manufacturers should respond to the growing incidence of food allergies and the rising number of product recalls associated with the presence of allergens – many due to mislabelled products.

Product recalls

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

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.

Other speakers include:

Mark Woolfe​, a former authenticity expert at the Food Standards Agency

Professor Tony Hines​, head of food security and crisis management at Leatherhead Food Research

Dominic Watkins​, legal expert from DWF

Patrik Sjöberg​, product director from computer systems specialist Infor

John Searle​, from Intertek, will speak about the implications of being able to test for lower and lower levels of contaminants.

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.

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

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