Food 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.
Notes to editors:
- 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.