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 For more information, go to www.highfieldabc.

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.

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