Safety conference: early bird ticket price ends tomorrow

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Professor Colin Dennis will chair Food Manufacture’s one-day food safety conference in London on Thursday October 13
Professor Colin Dennis will chair Food Manufacture’s one-day food safety conference in London on Thursday October 13

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Just two days remain to benefit from the early bird delegate rate for the Food Manufacture Group’s annual one-day food safety conference, which takes place on Thursday October 13 at etc.venues, Prospero House, London.

The early bird delegate rate of £328 + VAT per person will be available until the end of tomorrow (August 31).

From September the ticket price will be £399 +VAT per person.

This year’s conference – Boosting consumer confidence in times of change​ – will be divided into four sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of food and drink safety.

The morning sessions will be: Ensuring safe and secure food supply chains and Product recalls: dealing with a crisis.

Protect your business

The two afternoon  sessions will be: Knowledge is power – focusing on data technology to protect your business and Bugs and behaviours. This session will focus on a range of topics, including: campylobacter, microbial detection and the Biocides directive.

This year’s conference will, once again, be chaired by Professor Colin Dennis, current president of the Institute of Food Technologists.

Sponsors of the conference are: Appetite Learning, Sealed Air Food Care and Testo.

So, don’t miss your opportunity to gain detailed insights into the latest thinking on food and drink safety at the early bird delegate rate​.

Boosting consumer confidence in times of change

Session 1: Ensuring safe and secure food supply chains

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:00 Welcome and opening remarks​ by chairman: Professor Colin Dennis

09.10 Where next for food safety and food fraud?:  ​Sue Davies, chief policy officer Which? on the consumers’ perspective

09:40 Watching the detectives​ – the Food Crime Unit (FCU) takes a targeted approach: Andy Morling, head of the FCU

As Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) FCU approaches its second birthday, its head Andy Morling will describe what has been achieved so far and what are his priorities for action in the year ahead.

10:10 Stopping a problem becoming a crisis​ – follow the money: Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth

It’s all about early detection of potential problems and involves using forensic accounting to identify irregularities in the supply chain.

10:40 Manufacturer’s perspective on food safety:​ John O'Brien, deputy head of Nestlé Research Center and head of food safety & quality competence pillar, Nestec

Manufacturers are required by law to supply food and drink that is both safe and legal. Given various incidents over the past few years, the demands on them – both from customers and consumers – have intensified. This keynote presentation will highlight what the world’s largest food manufacturer has done to provide reassurance about the safety, authenticity and ethical supply of its products.

11:10 COFFEE

Session 2: Product recalls: dealing with a crisis

11:30 Crisis management:​ Dominic Watkins, DWF

As penalties increase for those that get it wrong, manufacturers and retailers need to strengthen their product recall plans to reduce financial and reputational damage.

11:50 Damage limitation following an incident: ​Jeff Hosking, head of major/ complex claims and Helen Rich, technical specialist in complex claims RSA

When faced with a major food safety incident, manufacturers are sometimes unpleasantly surprised to discover that many of the costs they incur are not covered by the insurance policies they hold. This presentation will help delegates to avoid costly surprises.

12:10 Minimising the damage from recalls: ​Dr Vince Shiers, md RQA

From Britvic’s Fruitshoot, to Nestlé’s Maggi noodles and more recently Mars’s precautionary recall of confectionery products because of possible plastic contamination, incidents happen. While such recalls are expensive in terms of cost, how they are handled, can make a huge difference to a brand's reputation.

12:30 PANEL DEBATE: ​speakers from morning sessions

13:00 LUNCH

Session 3: Knowledge is power

14:00 Big data: sharing intelligence: ​Julie Pierce, the FSA’s director of openness, data and digital

At a time when resources are getting squeezed, better exchange of electronic data between regulators and the food industry – together with smarter use of social media – is needed to provide more targeted action and early indication of problems.

14:20 From traceability to transparency in the food supply chain: ​Mark Zeller, head of fTrace and traceability, GS1, Germany

Supply chain traceability is now all about transparency and a new app developed originally in Germany is helping to tap into the wealth of electronic information that is available online to provide reassurance to consumers about the food and drink products they buy.

14:40 Coping with audits – both announced and unannounced:​ Neil Griffiths retailer services director at SVA

Not only is the burden of customer and other third-party hygiene audits increasing, version 7 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food has introduced new requirements that have to be met. Meanwhile, unannounced audits are becoming the norm.

15:00 Coffee

Session 4: Bugs and behaviours

15:20 Campylobacter reduction in poultry – where next​?: Elisabeth Ando-Kesson, BRC

This presentation will describe what initiatives the poultry supply chain has adopted – and retailers in particular – to cut the high incidence of campylobacter contamination in fresh chicken and what is planned for the future.

15.40 Advances in microbial detection: ​Dr Roy Betts, head of the Department of Microbiology at Campden BRI and member of the FSA’s Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food

Whole genome sequencing and meta-genomics are rapidly replacing traditional laboratory techniques for identifying dangerous pathogens. This presentation will describe the latest analytical approaches to detect emerging threats.

16:00 Biocides directive: where now for factory cleaning?​: Peter Littleton, technical director Klenzan

New EU restrictions on cleaning chemicals containing biocides are threatening the maintenance of food hygiene in many food manufacturing plants. This presentation will discuss what options are now available to firms.

16:20 Closing remarks

16:30 Conference closes

Don’t miss the early bird ticket price offer​, which ends tomorrow (August 31).

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