Don’t miss out on the food safety event of the year!

food safety event of the yearWith less than two months to go until Highfield hosts the food safety event of the year at Doncaster Racecourse, we are pleased to announce that the conference agenda is now live!

Covering key topics across the sector, Food Fraud, Culture & Modern Catering Processes will provide delegates with the knowledge and understanding to improve existing food strategies and procedures within their businesses.

 

 09:00-09:45 Registration and Exhibition Viewing  
 09:45-10:00   Welcome & Chair

Richard Sprenger
Highfield Qualifications

 
 10:00-10:45   Delivering a Food Safety Culture

Sterling Crew

Institute of Food Science and Technology   

 
 10:45-11:15   Break and Exhibition Viewing  
 11:15-12:00   Taking the Risk Out of Allergen Risk Assessments   

Simon Flanagan

RSSL

 
 12:00-12:45   Modern Catering Low-temperature Techniques

Dr Andy Bowles

ABC Food Law   

 
 12:45-13:45 Lunch and Exhibition Viewing  
 13:45-14:30 Challenges to the Integrity of the Global Food Supply System

Professor Chris Elliott

Queens University Belfast      

 
 14:30-15:15   Food Safety Offences & Sentencing (Food Crime Unit Update)

Andy Morling

Food Standards Agency

 
 15:15-16:00   Minimising Accidental Food Fraud

Peter Littleton

Klenzan

 
 16:00   Event Closes  

You’ll also get the chance to:

  • purchase Highfield training materials with an exclusive conference discount
  • view products and services from a host of exhibitors
  • network with colleagues from across the food sector
  • get authoritative guidance and advice from industry professionals

The conference takes place on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at Doncaster Racecourse.Tickets are priced at £170 + VAT for Highfield centres and £210 + VAT for non-centres.

To book a place for yourself and/or a colleague, you can book here. Alternatively, call us on 0845 226 0350/ 01302 363277 or email events@highfieldabc.com.

And one last thing, if you aren’t already a member of our Food Safety Forum on LinkedIn, join today for free to receive updates, news and information from food safety trainers, consultants, practitioners and indsutry professionals, alongside continuous networking opportunties and exclusive promotions.

UK food industry risks another horse meat scandal

Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the 2013 horse meat scandal.

The UK is still at risk of another ‘horse gate’ scandal which may have been responsible for up to 50,000 horses disappearing from across Europe – that will be the warning from one of the country’s top experts at a major food industry conference later this year.

Professor Chris Elliott will tell delegates at the Food Fraud, Culture and Modern Catering Processes conference on 26 September 2017, at Doncaster Racecourse, that work still needs to be done to ensure food fraud is successfully tackled.

The conference is being organised by Highfield Qualifications, the UK’s leading awarding organisation for food safety qualifications. It was at Highfield’s previous conference in 2015 that Professor Elliott made the shocking revelation that up to 50,000 horses had ‘disappeared’ from Europe during the financial meltdown, which started in 2008.

The professor, who was appointed by the government to investigate the horsemeat scandal and food fraud in the UK, will explain that while progress has been made, food security has to remain a priority for authorities and the police or it will happen again.

Professor Elliott said, ‘A great deal of headway has been made since the publication of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks. Plus, we’ve seen the establishment of the Food Standard Agency’s Food Crime Unit, which is beginning to have an impact.

However, food fraud must remain a priority – amongst many competing priorities for enforcement authorities – if we are to maintain that progress and ensure we see no recurrence of previous scandals’.

As well as food fraud, the conference – which is being hosted in partnership with The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) – will focus on key topics across the food sector, providing delegates with knowledge and skills to improve existing food strategies and procedures within their business. Topics covered during the event will include allergens, food safety culture and the safety of low temperature catering processes.

As well as being chaired by Highfield Chairman Richard Sprenger, author of Hygiene for Management and The Food Safety Handbook, the event will feature presentations from:

Tickets for the conference cost £210 plus VAT, with discounts available for Highfield members.

For more information or to book your place, go to https://centres.highfieldabc.com/Events/Default.aspx

Alternatively, call 0845 226 0350 or email events@highfield.co.uk

For regular updates, go to https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield 
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Food fraud event targets Yorkshire and the Humber

Food FraudFood producers, retailers and caterers across Yorkshire and the Humber will get the chance to learn more about food fraud and how to combat it at a major conference to be held in the region this September.

The Fighting Food Fraud conference, held at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015, will feature Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks – the UK government’s report into the horsemeat scandal of 2013 – and will look at how businesses can best protect the public and themselves.

Professor Elliott will be joined by Andy Morling, the recently appointed head of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Crime Unit, who will discuss its role and impact so far, plus John Figgins, BRC Technical Specialist, who will provide an insight into compliance with newly issued food safety standards.

According to the National Guidance Research Forum at the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, the food sector in Yorkshire and the Humber is estimated to be worth over £7 billion a year and employ over 52,000 people.  Employment in the region is concentrated in North Yorkshire (20%), NE Lincolnshire (10%), Hull (8%), Wakefield (8%) and Leeds (7%).

Professor Elliott said, ‘Food fraud has fast become one of the key issues for the food industry.  From suppliers such as farms and abattoirs, to manufacturers, packagers and supermarkets, even to caterers, restaurants and licensed premises – every business in the chain is affected by food fraud and the negative effect it has upon consumer confidence.  It is up to businesses to understand the types of food fraud and its indicators, its penalties and consequences, and why protecting the wider food industry begins with businesses informing and protecting themselves’.

The conference, which is expected to attract leading food safety specialists from some of the UK’s biggest retailers, caterers and manufacturers, is being organised by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), one of the UK’s leading exam boards.

Tickets cost £170 plus VAT, or £130 plus VAT for HABC members.

To book your place, phone 0845 2260350 or email info@highfield.co.uk For more information, go to www.highfieldqualifications.com

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (‘HABC’) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

National food safety conference this September for Doncaster

Some of the UK’s top experts will be descending on Doncaster this September for a national food safety conference to tackle the issue of food fraud.

National Food Safety ConferenceFighting Food Fraud, held at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015, will feature Professor Chris Elliott, author of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks – the UK government’s report into the horsemeat scandal of 2013 – and will look at how businesses can best protect the public and themselves.

Professor Elliott will be joined by Andy Morling, the recently appointed head of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food Crime Unit, who will discuss its role and impact so far, plus John Figgins, BRC Technical Specialist, who will provide an insight into compliance with newly issued food safety standards.

The conference, which is expected to attract over 100 leading food safety specialists from some of the UK’s biggest retailers, caterers and manufacturers, is being organised by the Doncaster-based Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC), one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.

Professor Elliott said, ‘Food fraud has fast become one of the key issues for the food industry. From suppliers such as farms and abattoirs, to manufacturers, packagers and supermarkets, even to caterers, restaurants and licensed premises – every business in the chain is affected by food fraud and the negative effect it has upon consumer confidence. It is up to businesses to understand the types of food fraud and its indicators, its penalties and consequences, and why protecting the wider food industry begins with businesses informing and protecting themselves’.

Nikki Griffiths, Director of Sales at Doncaster Racecourse said, ‘We are very happy to be welcoming HABC to Doncaster racecourse to hold the Fighting Food Fraud Conference in September, and we are hoping this is the start of a series of events held here for HABC’.

Tickets cost £170 plus VAT, or £130 plus VAT for HABC members.

To book your place, phone 0845 2260350 or email info@highfieldabc.com For more information, go to www.highfieldabc.

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Notes to editors:
1. Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations, offering over 200 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including food safety, customer service, health and safety, licensing, security, stewarding, retail, logistics, catering and hospitality.

Professor Elliott to speak at fighting food fraud event

Fighting Food FraudHABC is launching the first in a series of specialised food safety events, giving food sector professionals the tools they need to fight food fraud.

Taking up the challenges posed by the Elliott Review, Fighting Food Fraud is aimed at food safety, environmental health, trading standards professionals, practitioners and educators, and will feature some of the world’s top experts including Professor Chris Elliott himself.

Held at Doncaster Racecourse on 17 September 2015, the event will help food safety and enforcement professionals understand more about the threat food fraud poses to the UK, the recent scandals involving food supply and sourcing, and identifying emerging risks.

Key topics covered will also include:

  • An overview of food fraud and The Elliott Review
  • Types of food fraud and indicators for fraud
  • Supply chain integrity and food authenticity
  • How industry needs to protect itself and what progress has been made so far
  • The role of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Food Crime Unit, plus an update
  • Penalties and consequences
  • Food crime intelligence.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss the new Issue 7 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, released in January 2015 and which will commence from July 2015. This session will guide delegates through the content of the new Standard and give some guidance with regard to compliance with the new requirements.

Guest speakers confirmed for Fighting Food Fraud include:

  • Professor Chris Elliott, Professor of Food Safety and Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Andy Morling, Head of Food Crime at the FSA
  • John Figgins, BRC Technical Specialist – Food.

Richard Sprenger, HABC Chairman, said, ‘Food authenticity has become under close scrutiny recently from food retailers, manufacturers and consumers. Food law enforcement must be delivered effectively so that consumers can have confidence in the food they eat. With ongoing work to identify potential food fraud this has fast become a key topic within the food safety industry’.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss issues and network with the speaker panel in our Q&A session.

Lunch, refreshments and CPD certificate are all included in the price.

CPD
Attendance at this event entitles you to 6 CPD points.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in food safety including professionals, practitioners and educators in:

  • Food safety
  • Environmental health
  • Trading standards.

Cost/Book Now

  • HABC Centre: £130 + VAT
  • Non-HABC Centre: £170 + VAT

*limited places and subject to availability.

If you are a training centre, please select here to book your place(s). Students wishing to attend this event must submit their enquiry to shoulbrook@highfieldabc.com

Promotional Opportunities
If you are interested in promoting your business at our event then we can provide marketing opportunities to suit your budget, with prices starting from £99 + VAT.

Exhibitor spaces will be positioned within the networking area and places are still available. Exhibition spaces available from £300 + VAT.

To become a sponsor/exhibitor, please submit your enquiry to shoulbrook@highfieldabc.com

To join the Highfield Food Safety Forum on LinkedIn where this event will be regularly discussed, please visit here.

Press Release: Richard Sprenger leads line-up for food safety conference

Respected food safety expert Richard Sprenger leads a line-up of some of Europe’s foremost food safety authorities at a national conference this November.

Highfield Qualifications – the UK’s leading provider of compliance qualifications – will be holding its conference at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, on 13 November 2014.

And for food safety practitioners, there will be a seminar – sponsored by Marks & SpencerDoncaster Culture and Leisure Trust and ProTrainings.eu– throughout the day, featuring:

Richard Sprenger, HABC Chairman, said, ‘I am delighted that so many respected and authoritative figures will be joining me to speak on the day. The seminar is a must-attend event for anyone with food safety responsibilities, and will cover everything from the role of retailers and improving food safety culture to FSA initiatives and implementing good practice in the hospitality sector’.

The conference is expected to attract an anticipated 600 delegates including blue-chip corporate clients and brand names, leading industry experts and educators and trainers.

The food safety seminar is one of seven that make up the entire conference covering a number of sectors including apprenticeships, fire safety/health and safety, first aid, licensing, pool lifeguarding and security.

Cost per attendee is £135+VAT for HABC Approved Centres and £195+VAT for non-Centres, with discounts available for early and multiple bookings.

For more information on the food safety seminar, click here.