Food Safety Briefing offers practical food fraud advice

By Rod Addy

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The webinar will feature exclusive results from Food Manufacture's annual food safety survey
The webinar will feature exclusive results from Food Manufacture's annual food safety survey

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Food Manufacture's Food Safety Briefing will offer practical advice on ensuring the authenticity of herbs and spices from Gary Ridgewell, head of technical at Sleaford Quality Foods.

Food Safety Briefing: 2020 and beyond: a new era for food standards​, chaired by chief executive of Campden BRI Steven Walker and sponsored by RSSL, will take place online on 15 October at 3pm.

Ridgewell will examine some of the common fake variants substituted for common herbs and spices as well as how to be alert to such substitutions. He will also cover methods for detecting food fraud in batches of such products.

His presentation should also provide insights for companies concerned about the authenticity of a range of products and ingredients.


Aside from Ridgewell, other speakers will include Barbara Hirst, consultant, food safety & quality at RSSL. Hirst will look at the challenges posed by allergens in the food chain, with reference to cross-contamination and the challenges of this for plant-based and free-from food production.

Dr Derek Watson from the University of Sunderland will address the subject ‘Being watched: fostering a food safety culture and managing audits’. The topic is particularly pertinent in view of the recent launch in the food chain of audits based on BRC version 8, which stresses the creation of a food safety work culture.

Dr Roy Betts, head of microbiology at Campden BRI, who will focus on how emerging science is addressing the threat posed by pathogens in production facilities. Dr Betts’ presentation will consider developments in rapid in-line testing, whole genome sequencing and how to deal with biofilms at plant level.

Food safety policing, allergen management

The webinar, which is free to attend, will also cover the shifting legal landscape with regard to food safety in the UK and its implications for processors.

Together with the six presentations, the Food Safety Briefing will feature two separate Q&A sessions to give attendees the chance to air their own views and quiz speakers. 

Register for the webinar today​.​ 

Exclusive survey

In addition, the exclusive results of Food Manufacture​’s annual food safety survey of food and drink manufacturers across the UK will also be revealed during the online event.

The research will provide a unique and independent overview of food standards and key challenges at the factory level, with feedback from the people closest to the action: food safety, technical and quality managers and senior staff.

If you work in this area and have not yet had time to complete the survey, which can easily be done in 10 minutes, click the link and have your say​. One lucky participant, chosen at random, will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.

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