Do threats to food security inevitably lead to threats to food safety and integrity?

The food industry is greatly affected by food security, so the need for vigilance throughout the supply chain is vital. Those working in the industry need to ensure that all elements of supply chain assurance and management work together to protect ultimate consumers and deliver food security in its widest form. 

During this webinar on 8 September, our guest speaker Dawn Welham, immediate past President CIEH & Operations & Technical Services Director Caterers Choice, will deliver a 45-minute presentation on recent challenges to food security, the potential consequences faced by the food industry, and ultimately what is required to protect consumers.

Topics to be covered include:

•    pandemic shutdowns of manufacturers and processors
•    shipping line chaos and ocean freight issues 
•    Suez Canal blockage when things were starting to normalise 
•    Brexit and the effect on NI export from the UK
•    key drivers for driver shortages 
•    shelf-life impact 
•    temperature abuse/control issues 
•    problems arising from raw material shortages

Following Dawn’s presentation there will be 45-minutes available for a Q&A session, putting the expert at your fingertips.

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Highfield host its most successful conference in over 30 years

This June saw Highfield host its most successful conference in over 30 years, with more than 2000 visitors joining us over three days to hear from top names in the industry on Maintaining Consumer Trust in Food Safety.

We were so disappointed the 2020 conference in Birmingham we had planned was unable to go ahead due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so we were determined to create a virtual solution to prevent that from happening again! This year, the conference was held online from 8 June to 10 June in a series of live webinar broadcasts.

Providing access to knowledge and giving back to the food safety community are always high on our agenda, so we made all our 2021 conference webinars free to attend for Highfield’s customers and those of our conference supporters, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and RHE Global.

Clearly, online events work for food industry professionals, since ten times as many people attended the webinars compared to our face-to-face conferences in previous years. The majority of those in attendance at the conference were food safety lecturers, tutors, directors of training companies or working in other areas of learning and development. Around a fifth were Environmental health officers, practitioners, and specialists. And there were many food safety consultants, managers, officers, specialists, and those working in other capacities of health and safety and operations in attendance also.

The change in format for this year’s food safety conference also meant we were able to secure high-level speakers from as far away as the USA. And though our customers are largely based in the UK, we were delighted to see that going online gave our conference a global reach by attracting around a fifth of attendees from overseas locations including Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Cape Town and Dubai to name a few.

On the final day of the conference, we announced the winners of Highfield’s Top Student Award 2021. The awards recognised the students that achieved top marks in three of our most popular qualifications, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing and the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management.

The top student by marks achieved in each qualification received a cheque for £250 and a framed certificate in recognition of their remarkable achievement. And because we appreciate the invaluable role that training providers play in developing top-class students and future food sector professionals, the training providers of the winning students were also presented with a plaque recognising their achievement. Here’s just some of the feedback we received from one winning student:

‘ I would like to take this opportunity to thank Highfield Qualifications for the generous Top Student Award. I feel this is such a fantastic award and I am very grateful to have received such an amazing prize. Not only is the recognition for achievement by yourselves fantastic but it has also been recognised by ABP. As I am in the early years of my career, recognition of achievement in this level of qualification will have an impact on my career and for that, I am also grateful.
The training I have received over the years from Highfield Training has helped me massively in my career so far. I find the structure of the learning and method of examination helps people gain the qualifications they are capable of achieving. I very much look forward to undertaking additional training in the future. ’

Aimee Smith, winner of the 2021 Top Student Award for Highfield’s Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing.

You can watch the full video presentation of our Top Student Award 2021 on our YouTube channel here.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our conference supporters again, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and RHE Global. And thank you to our excellent speakers for their engaging and insightful presentations:

Sterling Crew, Strategic Advisor at Shield Safety Group.
Andy Kerridge, Food Safety and Quality Consultant, Wyvern Food Solutions Ltd.
Bill Marler, Attorney at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm.
Dr Lisa Ackerley, Strategic Food Safety Advisor, Public Health Company Ltd.
Dr James Donarski, Head of Food Authenticity at Fera Science Ltd.
Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy & Response at U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Denis Treacy, Chief Technical Officer, Culture Compass Ltd.
Carmel Lynskey, Head of Achieving Business Compliance at Food Standards Agency.

Last but not least, thanks to each and every person who attended the conference. We’ve had some amazing feedback, and we hope to welcome you back to more of Highfield’s events and webinars in the future.

To see what we already have planned for 2021 and beyond, go to our booking page here.

Highfield announces Top Student Award 2021

Highfield is truly proud of all the training providers, educators and learners who have worked alongside us to keep learning and qualifying over the past year. To celebrate, we’ve brought back our Top Student Award for 2021!

This year, we’re recognising the students that achieved top marks in three of our most popular qualifications, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering, the Highfield Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing and the Highfield Level 4 Award in HACCP for Management.

The top student by marks achieved in each qualification will receive a cheque for £250 and an awards certificate to recognise their remarkable achievement.

And because we appreciate the invaluable role that training providers play in developing top-class students and future food sector professionals, the training providers of the winning students will also be presented with a plaque recognising their achievement.

The winners of Highfield’s Top Student Award 2021 will be announced during our ‘Training solutions for a changing world’ webinar on the final day of our Maintaining Consumer Trust in Food Safety conference taking place virtually from Tuesday 8 June – Thursday 10 June.

View the full conference agenda here.

Supporting access to knowledge and giving back to the food safety community are always high on Highfield’s agenda. This is why we’re making all our 2021 conference webinars FREE to attend for Highfield registered trainers and centres! It’s our way of thanking you for your support during difficult times.

Attendees will receive a CPD certificate worth 2 CPD points for every conference webinar they attend. That’s 16 CPD points up for grabs!

Plus, every conference attendee will receive a FREE place on Highfield’s ‘Training solutions for a changing world’ webinar on Thursday 10 June. 

To find out more about our speakers and supporters or book onto a webinar now go to highfieldconference.com or email us at events@highfield.co.uk

 

Our food safety conference is back, and this time it’s FREE to centres!

Highfield’s food safety conference is the most anticipated event in our calendar, which is why we were so disappointed the 2020 conference in Birmingham was unable to go ahead due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This year’s conference will be held virtually from Tuesday 8 June – Thursday 10 June in a series of live webinar broadcasts, bringing together some of the world’s leading food safety experts and organisations.

As the world continues to fight the pandemic, we know that maintaining consumer trust in food safety is going to be an essential part of the food industry’s recovery and growth in the months and years to come.

Supported by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and RHE Global, this year’s virtual conference is aimed at professionals working in food retail, food manufacturing, food service and catering, as well as food safety tutors and environmental health officers.

Providing access to knowledge and giving back to the food safety community are always high on our agenda. This is why we’re making all our 2021 conference webinars FREE to attend for Highfield registered trainers and centres! It’s our way of thanking you for your support during such a difficult time.

Tuesday 8 June

The impact of COVID-19 on food safety catering – Sterling Crew, Chair of The Food Authenticity Network Advisory Board.

The future of remote auditing and emerging technologies – Andy Kerridge, Food Safety and Quality Consultant, Wyvern Food Solutions Ltd.

Key food poisoning cases for Marler Clark and what lessons can businesses learn – Bill Marler, Attorney at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm.

Wednesday 9 June

Demystifying allergen management in hospitality – Dr Lisa Ackerley, Strategic Food Safety Advisor, Public Health Company Ltd.

A scientist’s toolbox for food fraud – Dr James Donarski, Head of Food Authenticity at Fera Science Ltd.

Smarter food safety for the new normal – Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner of Food Policy & Response at U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Thursday 10 June

Global food defence strategy and the impact of positive food safety behaviours – Denis Treacy, Chief Technical Officer, Culture Compass Ltd.

Evolving the regulatory model for food safety – Carmel Lynskey, Head of Achieving Business Compliance at Food Standards Agency.

Each webinar will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, allowing plenty of time to put your questions to our experts live during the broadcasts.

Attendees will receive a CPD certificate worth 2 CPD points for every conference webinar they attend. That’s 16 CPD points up for grabs!

Standard ticket prices are £20+VAT per webinar.

For Highfield trainers & centres, all 2021 conference webinars are completely FREE!

Plus, every conference attendee will receive a FREE place on Highfield’s Training solutions for a changing world webinar with Edward Dawson, International Development Manager at Highfield, on the final day of the conference.

To find out more about our speakers and supporters or book onto a webinar now go to highfieldconference.com or email us at events@highfield.co.uk

The Future of Food Safety on Board Superyachts

Richard Sprenger, Chairman of Highfield Qualifications, has recently collaborated with the Maritime Food Authority (MFA) in the development of a new Manager in Charge for Luxury Yachts Program.

Launched in April 2020, the MFA’s mission is to bring food safety standards on board superyachts in line with best practice ashore. Preparations of the new Manager in Charge for Luxury Yachts Program long preceded the COVID-19 outbreak, but as the superyacht industry adapts to a new kind of normal, improvements in food safety and infection control could be one of the most critical steps forward.

Read the full interview with Richard in Onboard Online here.

Allergen management – are you sure you’ve got it right?

It’s a topic on the lips of everyone in the food industry – allergen management.

Dr Lisa Ackerley, otherwise known as the ‘Hygiene Doctor’, will deliver her presentation ‘Allergen management – are you sure you’ve got it right?’ at the Highfield Conference on 9 June at The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. 

‘I am delighted to be presenting at this prestigious conference on a topic about which I feel so passionate. Allergen management is within every businesses’ grasp and I will show how to tackle the challenges, avoid the pitfalls and will demonstrate that creating a safe environment for allergic guests can be simple, practical and achievable.’ – Dr Lisa Ackerley.

Dr Lisa Ackerley has been a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner for over 30 years and her work has taken her on some very interesting journeys. Ever since studying towards her PhD, Lisa has been passionate about making a difference to public health by ensuring hygiene issues are easy to understand – whether you are a consumer or a food business operator. 

As the ‘Hygiene Doctor’ she provides advice to consumers on home hygiene via her blog www.thehygienedoctor.co.uk, with more focus on helping food businesses through channels of the Public Health Company, as well as the Kitchen Conversation LinkedIn group, RIAMS Communities platform and YouTube channel where she and fellow Chartered EHP, Sterling Crew discuss food safety issues and engage with the wider food professional community.

Dr Lisa Ackerley is a strategic adviser in the commercial food safety arena, working as an expert witness in food law cases and carrying out forensic audits on food safety and allergen management for major food businesses. She is regularly called upon to comment on public health issues in the media and has appeared on prime-time consumer shows such as Watchdog, Rogue Restaurants and Holiday Hit Squad in addition to many radio shows and TV news programmes. She is Visiting Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Salford and Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. Dr Lisa is a trustee and deputy chair of the IFH which is a great source of scientific information on home hygiene, and a food safety adviser to UKHospitality and is a trustee and chair of the Food SIG at the RSPH.

Using her experience from forensic auditing and benchmarking, Lisa will explore the challenges for allergen management faced by hospitality businesses and discusses best practices and simple, practical steps that can be taken to ensure customer safety.  She will also share some allergen ‘Room 101’ howlers to avoid with conference attendees.

 To see the full agenda of speakers and topics to be discussed, or to book your early-bird ticket before 31 March, go to highfieldconference.com

How to challenge and strengthen your food defence plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to challenge and strengthen your food defence plan

Consumers are becoming more and more discerning when it comes to the food and drink products they buy and the expectations they have of the companies that produce them. 2019 saw a surge in trends towards health and wellness, plant-based and clean label products. These trends are expected to amplify even further in 2020, with consumers putting the health of our planet in equal importance with their own health.

Manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in the food and drink industry must continually strive for competitive advantage. As a result, the margins that separate the available offerings become increasingly slender, driving an inexhaustible search for value through an agenda of global sourcing of materials, services and products. As we expand our networks with global sourcing strategies, so the global supply chain becomes ever more vulnerable, with risks shifting into new threats as well as new geographies.

A freedom of information request by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) revealed that 1,193 reports were made to the FSA’s National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) in 2018. A further 364 reports were made in the first three months of 2019 alone. Shockingly, 310 of those reported were categorised as products ‘not suitable for human consumption’ that were knowingly sold; more than 4 times the number of cases reported in the previous year.

‘Food fraud, questionable authenticity, adulteration for ideological gain and global pandemics are all now to be considered in the defence of our revenue stream and our consumer responsibility.’ – Denis Treacy

In his presentation ‘How to challenge and strengthen your food defence plan’, Denis Treacy will share his experiences of managing the safety of supply chains and their workers with attendees of the Highfield Conference on Tuesday 9 June. The ‘Building Trust in Food Supply Chains’ conference will take place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, Birmingham, and is expected to attract over 200 food and drink industry professionals from around the world.               

Denis is well known throughout the industry as an engaging, driven and decisive executive leader with 40 years of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry experience; the first 10 years being in scientific roles, the last 30 at management, leadership, executive chief officer and president levels.

Now, Denis heads Culture Compass Ltd, which serves to help businesses change performance by understanding the links between policies, organisation and performance through the critical element of culture and behaviour. He believes that reducing defects, incidents, accidents and improving the quality, safety and integrity of products and working environments can be achieved and sustained with a positive focus.

Denis is known in the food and drink industry for his attitude of sharing best practice, working with customers, regulators and competitors alike to better the industry. Utilising expertise that has been developed over a long career, he is now helping other businesses to deliver transformational performance improvements themselves, in areas of safety and quality strategy, business culture, change management and organisational transformation.

Using his rich knowledge, experience and his unique and entertaining character to illustrate the messages, Denis is sure to keep the agenda energised and the day memorable.

To see the full agenda of speakers and topics to be discussed, or to book your early-bird ticket before 31 March, go to highfieldconference.com

 

 

 

 

Emerging threats to food authenticity

Sterling Crew, Chair of The Food Authenticity Network Advisory Board, is set to speak at Highfield’s ‘Building Trust in Food Supply Chains’ conference on the critical topic of emerging risks and threats to food authenticity.

The conference will take place on 9 June at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, Birmingham and is expected to attract over 200 food safety professionals from around the globe.

Sterling is well known in the industry, with 35 years’ experience in national and international food safety, authenticity governance, sustainability and regulation. He started his career in government before a successful track history in retailing with Marks and Spencer and Tesco. Sterling’s experience as a regulator, retailer, brand owner and food manufacturer has given him a unique perspective of the authenticity challenges in the global food supply network.

‘The prevention of food fraud is paramount to ensure we protect the trust of our consumers and to maintain fair, sustainable business practices’ – Sterling Crew.

The purpose of his presentation at the Highfield conference will be to guide food operators through approaches and processes that can be adopted by supply chains to improve their resilience against food fraud.

Food fraud costs the global food industry an estimated US$40 billion a year, not to mention the immeasurable loss of consumer confidence when incidents are brought to light.

Food fraud can harm consumers, causing illness and even death. This was the case in 2008 when melamine was used as a nitrogen source to fraudulently increase the measured protein content of milk.  After consuming the contaminated infant formula, more than 50,000 babies were hospitalised and 6 deaths were recorded.

Food fraud is an age-old problem that reoccurs in global food supply chains. Since the 2013 global issue of the fraudulent replacement of horsemeat in beef products, there is a worldwide consensus that as well as being better at detecting food fraud, more needs to be done to prevent food fraud from happening in the first place.

During his presentation, Sterling will look at the common factors in a number of recent cases, how these factors could have been mitigated and how to assure the authenticity of food by minimising vulnerability to fraud. He will address specific mitigation strategies and examine selected risk mitigation measures aimed at preventing food fraud in supply chains.

Sterling will also cover the role played by the Food Authenticity Network in bringing together global information on food authenticity testing, food fraud mitigation and food supply chain integrity, all in one convenient location.

For more information on other speakers at the Highfield conference and on topics to be discussed, or to book your early-bird ticket,  go to highfieldconference.com.

 

 

Highfield Food Safety Conference back for 2020

The Highfield food safety conference is back for 2020 with ‘Building Trust in Food Supply Chains’ on 9 June at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull, Birmingham.

2019 saw over 200 food safety professionals flock to Highfield’s conference in Birmingham to see some of the UK’s top food safety experts deliver their verdict on the future of food safety as the industry came to terms with the uncertainty of Brexit. 

‘A top-tier program of industry thought leaders; current and topical, accessible and value for money.’ 2019 conference attendee

‘I would highly recommend that anyone with an interest in food safety attends future events.’
2019 conference attendee

Our food safety conference 2020 supporters include the addition of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) along with returning supporters the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT), the Institute of Food Science Technology (IFST) and RHE Global.

‘Building Trust in Food Supply Chains’ is aimed at professionals working in food retail, food manufacturing and foodservice, as well as food safety tutors and environmental health officers. At the top of the agenda, the conference will shine a spotlight on emerging threats to food authenticity and how those in the industry can strengthen their food defence planning. Following this will be an exploration of how innovative blockchain technology can be used to build trust in food safety, along with an overview of the latest updates to food business regulation from the Food Standards Agency. The second half of the agenda will see us explore a topic at the forefront of many minds within the food industry, allergen management. We ask the question, ‘what impact will ‘Natasha’s law’ have on your business?’.

Chaired by Richard Sprenger, Chairman of Highfield Qualifications, the conference will feature expert Q&A panels alongside presentations from:

For more information on the speakers and topics to be discussed or to book your early-bird ticket for ‘Building Trust in Food Supply Chains’ now, go to highfieldconference.com.

Food safety in a changing world

This June saw Highfield host its most successful food conference to date, Food Safety in a Changing World.

Hosted by Highfield chairman Richard Sprenger, the conference took place at the National Motorcycle Museum on 13 June 2019 in partnership with The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology, the Institute of Food Science and Technology, and RHE Global.

And over 200 delegates attended to hear from the top names in the food safety business about the key challenges, legislative changes, media issues and the impact of Brexit on the sector.

Speaking at the event were:

We’ve had some amazing feedback from those who attended, and would like to thank each and every person who came along the conference.

For future Highfield events, please go to https://centres.highfieldqualifications.com/Events/