Food Safety Conference: early-bird offer ends next week

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Book now: Food Safety Conference 2018 will take place in Birmingham on 21 June
Book now: Food Safety Conference 2018 will take place in Birmingham on 21 June
Time is running out to book your early-bird discount for Food Manufacture’s one-day Food Safety Conference, held in Birmingham next month.

Entitled ‘A focus on future law and threats’, the packed agenda will cover a range of business-critical food safety issues, including regulation, data-sharing, product recall, blockchain and allergen control.

The results of an exclusive Food Manufacture​ readership survey detailing the key food safety concerns of hundreds of factory managers will also be revealed at the conference (see box).

In last year’s survey, 62% of food businesses felt they were overburdened by third-party food hygiene audits, while 86% either agreed or strongly agreed that a more risk-based approach to policing food business operations in the UK would be welcomed.

This key regulation concern will be addressed by the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Nina Purcell at this year’s conference.

Early-bird: book now

Please email​ or call Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593

Regulating Our Future

Purcell will provide delegates with an update on the Regulating Our Future reform programme, which proposes manufacturers share both private third-party audit findings and specialist food safety inspection skills with the FSA.

Chaired by Professor Steven Walker, director general at Campden BRI, the event will take place at Etc.venues, Maple House, in central Birmingham on Thursday 21 June.

It is sponsored by AIB International, Pal International, and Westgate Factory Dividers.

The early-bird delegate price of £336 (+VAT) is available until midnight next Thursday (31 May), when it will rise to £420 (+VAT).

The conference will be divided into four sessions, each with a different theme.

Session one will ask, how safe is our food? It will include a presentation from Andy Morling, head of head of food crime at the National Food Crime Unit, who will discuss the nature and scope of recently reported food safety offences.

Understanding the legislation landscape

Session two will focus on understanding the legislation landscape. In addition to the FSA’s Purcell, John Bassett, policy and scientific development director at the Institute of Food Science & Technology, will discuss the measures food businesses should take to ensure they are responsive to the changes in regulation.

The third session, emerging technologies and processes, will cover allergen contamination, blockchain, and how IT and data can overcome regulation challenges.

Implementing a food safety philosophy, the Food Industry Information Network, and product recall are the subjects covered in the last session – culture and control.

Please click here​ for the full conference programme.

Meanwhile,  developing trust with food safety regulators​ was the key focus point at last year’s Food Manufacture​ Food Safety Conference, according to Professor Walker in this exclusive video interview.

Take our food safety survey and win £100

Food and drink firms are being invited to enter an annual food safety survey that is offering participants the chance of winning £100 in Amazon vouchers.

Taking no more than two minutes to complete, the survey will shine a light on the food industry’s main food safety concerns, and pave a way to finding solutions. Please click here to enter​ – your anonymity will be assured.

Results of the survey will be revealed at Food Manufacture’s​ Food Safety Conference, which takes place in Birmingham on 21 June.

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