Food chain resilience in a changing world: 2018 conference programme

Register now for the 2018 Government Chemist Conference

The conference will be opened by Professor John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and will focus on the challenges presented to the resilience of the food chain, in terms of food safety, security, authenticity and sustainability, especially as trading conditions and regulations evolve.

Conference programme – Day 1

  • Welcome and introduction – Government Chemist
  • Keynote speech – Professor John Loughhead
  • Referee cases outcomes – Michael Walker, LGC
  • Application of whole genome sequencing for public health interventions around foodborne pathogens – Kathie Grant, PHE England
  • Resilience through food forensics – essential post EU exit – Jon Griffin, Association of Public Analysts
  • Regulating our future – modernising food regulation in the UK – Catriona Stewart, FSA
  • The European Commission Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality – Franz Ultberth, JRC
  • The Scottish Food Crime Unit: how FSS is using science to verify the authenticity of the food chain in Scotland – Lynsey Scullion and Duncan Smith, Food Standards Scotland
  • Road map for the harmonisation of DNA testing for meat speciation – Tim Wilkes, LGC
  • Novel methods to establish the origin of food – James Donarski, FERA

Conference programme – Day 2

  • Are your genes to blame when your jeans don’t fit? – Giles Yeo, Cambridge University
  • How the food industry is preparing for EU exit – Helen Munday, Food and Drink Federation
  • Food Safety Challenge – Hong Kong Perspective – Tom NG, Hong Kong Government Chemist Laboratory
  • How can measurement science assist in improving the molecular detection and management of antimicrobial resistance? – Jim Huggett, LGC
  • The Hand That Feeds: A musical about food crime – Kate Cooper, Birmingham City Council
  • Early warning systems to detect, predict and assess food fraud – Yamine Bouzembrak, RIKILT
  • Authenticity tools for detecting food fraud – Selvarani Elahi, LGC
  • Accelerating rice improvement in South Asia – Katherine Steele, Bangor University