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Food safety conference: key lessons learnt

By Laurence Gibbons

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A greater need for collaboration between the food industry and government to boost data sharing to help improve food safety was one of the key messages from the Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference.

That’s the view of the conference chairman Colin Dennis in this exclusive in which he unpackaged the key themes of the one-day conference.

The current president of the US Institute of Food Technology Dennis said the conference had got off to a “flying start” ​when the head of the Food Standards Agency’s Food Crime Unit Andy Morling provided an insight into the work it has been doing.

Different thinking needed

“The key message that he ​[Morling] really portrayed was that we need to think very differently going forward in relation to ensuring food is safe,” ​Dennis said.

“I was very encouraged about the clear message he gave on cross-government thinking, cross-industry activity and the partnership FSA is creating with industry.”

Watch this video to find out why Dennis said collaboration was the only way to guarantee safe food.

He also said food and drink manufacturers must communicate the efforts they have made to secure safe food to consumers, but also highlight the risks.

Dennis said the food and drink industry must not forget to concentrate on the basics of food safety: hygiene, cleaning and factory design.

The Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference: Safer food and drink – from the harvest to the home took place on September 29 at the Lowry in Salford, Manchester. 

The event was sponsored by: Alcontrol, Checkit, Institute of Food Research, Mettler Toledo and Sartorius.

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