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The Food Safety Conference – Risks, Threats, Vulnerabilities Programme

Identify & Reduce Threats & Vulnerabilities To Food Safety With Advanced Risk Assessments Around Fraud, Contaminants & Industry Challenges: Next-Level, Proactive Systems & Approaches For Full Supply Chain Traceability, Raw Material Authenticity & Integrity Assurance With Insights On The Latest Trends, Retailer Views & Legislative Updates

A Manufacturer-Led, Senior-Level, One-Day Conference & Networking Event, 20th Sept 2017, One America Square, London. Download the brochure here.

08.30 Registration, Morning Coffee & Objective Setting

08.45 Speed Networking
Meet and swap business cards with fellow attendees and make new connections before the conference begins

09.00 GIC Welcome, Interactive Voting & Chair’s Opening Remarks
John Carter
VP Quality & Sustainability Dairy


09.15 Drive Out Risks & Costs & Manage The Fallout Of Food Fraud & Adulteration With Insight-Led Testing Methods

  • How can we guarantee the authenticity of raw materials? Insights into ensuring product safety and stamping out food crime throughout the supply chain
  • Controlling economically-motivated fraud: what should we be looking and testing for and what are the best tests to use?
  • Assessing technologies and other methods which can help to minimise the threat and cost of food crime
  • Which party should be held responsible in the event of affected produce after it leaves your premises? Advice on mitigating the negative fallout
  • What’s the next big thing in food fraud expected to be? As an industry, what are the best steps to take in order to predict and prevent it?

09.15 Stefano Del Frate
Corporate Scientific & Regulatory Affairs & Food Risk Manager
GB Foods

09.35 Food Fraud Updates
Ron McNaughton
Head of Food Crime & Incidents
Food Standards Scotland


09.55 Food Fraud: The Thin Red Line Between Consumer Expectation, Regulation & Marketing
Understanding consumer expectation today: do industry innovations, social and environmental factors and increased regulation directly benefit the end consumer?

Jan Dirk Post
Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Germany
Coca-Cola GmbH


10.15 Foreign Body Detection Technologies

  • A higher level of retail specification
  • The myths of systems capability, can X-ray really weigh
  • 100% contamination detection
  • A good SOP. Investigation and corrective action
  • High level retail compliance, a moving goalpost
  • Training – subject matter experts

Colin Maher
Country Manager UK & Ireland
Minebea Intec UK Ltd

10.30 Informal Networking Break & Morning Refreshments


11.00 Identify & Eliminate Potential Threats & Vulnerabilities With Effective Risk Assessments Which Boost Supply Chain Transparency & Traceability

  • Tools and techniques on offer to audit potential food safety risks in your supply chain for increased transparency
  • What comparisons can be made between TACCP and HACCP? What’s involved and what are the best sources of information?
  • Understanding the potential new risks and threats when sourcing products from different markets for a global, airtight supply chain

11.00 Perspective One
Cathy Harris
Global Supply Chain & Co-pack Food Safety & Quality Director
Kraft Heinz Company

11.15 Perspective Two
Supplier Quality Management: Risk Assessing your Supply Chain

  • Determining and controlling food safety hazards by the principles of risk assessment and how they relate to Supplier Quality Management
  • Bringing structure, transparency, and a drive by objective evidence to the assessor
  • Presentation of simple risk assessment models (matrix approach) and criteria-based models (criteria approach)

George Howlett
Safefood 360

11.35 Perspective Three
Nemanja Vukanic
Technical & Quality Manager


11.50 Why Large Businesses Can No Longer Afford To Ignore Advanced Food Safety Technologies
John W. Sammon III
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Partech, Inc.


12.10 What’s Next For Food Safety? Reviewing & Adapting To The Upcoming Changes, Technologies & Emerging Risks

  • Predicting and assessing emerging threats, upcoming issues and consumer trends to maintain exceptional food safety standards and prevent future risks
  • With new technological developments on the horizon – from UV, heat treatment, bone detection devices to reverse osmosis – which are the innovations worth paying attention to?
  • From testing to cleaning, how have the technologies of recent years progressed? Are they now more financially viable, commercially available and ultimately beneficial to the industry?

Nemanja Vukanic
Technical & Quality Manager

Takudzwa Kufa
Compliance Technical Manager
New England Seafood International

Nikos Mavroudis
Food Engineering and Separation of Actives, FoESA Lab, Department of Applied Sciences

Northumbria University, UK


12.40 Norovirus Outbreaks Amongst Staff – Lessons Learnt

  • Immediate action to be taken
  • Must you notify and to who
  • Media and insurance control
  • Ongoing controls within the business
  • Stool specimens and food testing
  • PHE report
  • Be prepared!

Peter Christopher-Ohrt
Managing Director Technical Services
Food Alert Limited

12.55 Lunch & Informal Networking For Delegates, Partners & Speakers

13.25 Lunchtime Informal Peer-To-Peer Discussions

A) The Importance of Supply Chain Traceability
James Annakin
Logistics Manager
Danone Early Life Nutrition

B) Best-Practice Listeria Control
Ali Aitchison
Food Safety Specialist
Wm Morrison Supermarkets

C) Quality & Food Safety Strategy
Denis Treacy
Chief Safety & Quality Officer
Pladis Global

D) Culture & Training
Steven Glass
Head of Quality & Compliance

E) HACCP Without Hiccups
Takudzwa Kufa
Compliance Technical Manager
New England Seafood International

F) Corporate Human Rights Responsibilities
Dr Naomi Salmon
HE Lecturer & Legal Researcher
Aberystwyth University

13.30 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks
Denis Treacy
Chief Safety & Quality Officer
Pladis Global


14.10 Practical Steps To Identify & Prevent Pesticides, Chemical, Microbiological & Physical Contaminants; Remain Abreast Of Legislation & Potential Future Threats

  • Best-practice, practical approaches to contaminant prevention techniques, rather than picking up the pieces after the damage is done!
  • Harnessing accurate and reliable detection methods to eliminate foreign bodies and physical contaminants affecting your produce
  • Stay ahead of the curve regarding the ever-changing legislation around pesticide limits, packaging, contaminants etc to ensure you and your suppliers remain compliant
  • Are there any new, emerging pathogens we should be looking out for in the future?

14.10 Perspective One
Marie Anne Chattaway
Gastrointestinal Clinical Scientific Lead
Public Health England

14.10 Perspective Two:
Technical Options Available To Detect Physical Contaminants In Food

  • Types of physical contaminants and potential sources
  • Potential impact on brand and business
  • Overview of technologies to detect
  • Metal detectors
  • X-ray
  • Pros/cons of different techniques

Ciarán Murphy
Business Manager EMEA – Quality Control
Ishida Europe Ltd

14.40 Perspective Three
Linda Nadeem
Senior Group Leader Food Safety Design
Mondelêz International


14.55 Reduce Allergen Contamination Risks & Stay On Top Of Allergen Legislation With Best-Practice Detection Methods & Food Safety Procedures

  • Top tips and lessons learned on the pitfalls around cross-contamination risks to improve food safety and reduce the chance of product recalls
  • What are the most effective methods of dealing with allergens? A look to risk assessments and tests as viable solutions
  • Get the global know-how! Trade and label compliantly in new markets through an enhanced understanding of allergen management policy
  • What’s the best practice regarding alibi labelling to ensure your end product is both compliant and commercially viable?

René Crevel
Science Leader – Allergy & Immunology


15.15 Solutions For Food Safety & Quality – From Farm To Fork

  • Technology advances in digital quality management systems and innovative solutions for food manufacturers, restaurants and retail chains
  • Gain full control over all your monitoring procedures, especially if you’re managing multiple sites by using digital quality management systems
  • Control and document all quality-relevant information and processes in one system and achieve the certainty you’re looking for

Daniel Baier
Marketmanager BU Food Manufacturing

15.30 Informal Networking Break & Afternoon Refreshment


16.00 Getting Staff Bought Into A Food Safety Culture & Trained To Industry Standards To Ensure The Quality & Safety Of Your End Product, Always

  • How can we work to convince staff that food safety is worth the effort and not just a box to tick?
  • Ensure your staff are sufficiently trained in food handling and correct storage procedures to prevent safety threats at your critical control points
  • Getting staff bought into induction training and frequent refresher updates to ingrain best practice into the business and ultimately improve food safety and quality

Denis Treacy
Chief Safety & Quality Officer
Pladis Global


16.20 Practical Insights To Take Back To The Office Today To Prepare For Tomorrow; Industry Predictions & Plans On Future Trends, Legislative Changes & The Impact Of Brexit

  • How can we keep abreast of recent regulatory updates and how are the legislative changes likely to impact us in the day-to-day?
  • As we source materials from further ashore, what are the legislative updates and standard requirements we must be aware of?
  • What’s likely to happen with Brexit regarding UK laws, standards and free trade agreements? What threats are the industry likely to face in the coming months and years?
  • How are other businesses readying themselves for Brexit? Advice on preparing your company and your food safety processes for the likely impact of Brexit

Ali Aitchison
Food Safety Specialist
Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Nikos Mavroudis
Food Engineering and Separation of Actives, FoESA Lab, Department of Applied Sciences

Northumbria University, UK

16.50 Chair’s Closing Remarks & Official Close Of Conference

Please check the website regularly for updates and newly confirmed speakers. For more information on how to get involved in The Food Safety Conference, please email info@foodsafetytrendsconference.com or call us on +44 (0)20 3479 2299.