Food Safety Conference: still time to book

By Mike Stones

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Attending Food Manufacture's one-day Food Safety Conference could be your best investment of the year
Attending Food Manufacture's one-day Food Safety Conference could be your best investment of the year
There’s still time to book a place at Food Manufacture’s Food Safety Conference, to be staged at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull on Thursday October 17 2013.

A stellar cast of speakers has been assembled to help food and drink manufacturers benefit from the latest advice​ on food safety topics.

Whether it is minimising the direct costs and reputational damage​ of a product recall or implementing the lessons learnt from the horsemeat crisis, a host of essential information will be available to safeguard your business.  With the costs of product recalls running sometimes into the many millions of pounds, it could be your wisest investment all year.

Managing risk

Under discussion will be: are your systems fit for purpose and able to detect potential chemical or pathogen contamination incidents?, managing risk and regulatory responsibilities in a changing world and how to ensure your products are safe and legal.

Taking part in the one-day conference will be Andrew Rhodes, operations director at the Food Standards Agency, who will discuss latest updates on the regulatory framework governing food safety.

Other speakers 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.

Professor Bob Newman​, University of Wolverhampton School of Technology, will describe a recently completed EU food traceability research project.

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 and online ticket booking is available here​.

Alternatively, telephone Ellie Ray on 01293 610279 or email

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