In this video interview, Professor Colin Dennis said: “If companies don’t have a proper safety culture, the human element can destroy what is, in principle, an effective system.”
‘Complexity of food supply chains’
Dennis went on to say that the horsemeat crisis had highlighted the complexity of food supply chains and “changed the world in which the food and drink industry operated”.
He also highlighted new research on food allergens, which was clarifying thresholds and helping to move away from precautionary labels.
Meanwhile, watch Sue Davies, chief policy adviser at consumer watchdog Which?, identify her top three lessons from the horsemeat crisis in this video interview.
The Food Safety Conference took place at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham, on Thursday, October 17. The main sponsors of the event were Intertek, Ishida and Alchemy.
Associated sponsors were NSF, Safefood 360, Softrace and the Institute of Food Research.