Food Safety, What does the future hold?

The RSPH with Dr Lisa Ackerley and in partnership with the British Hospitality Association has put together an action-packed programme for 18th May 2017 for what is now an annual food safety conference. In the beautiful venue of 28 Portland Place, London, there is chance to catch up with colleagues and network whilst also gaining new knowledge, and, for those who need it, CPD points.

We are delighted to be able to welcome Dr Bob Adak, Head, Gastrointestinal Disease Surveillance, National Infection Service, Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control to kick off the conference with an update on food poisoning. His presentations are always so informative and yet entertaining at the same time.

Lawyers Kathryn Gilbertson and David Travers will give us a legal update on the consequences of poor food safety, and what impact the new Sentencing Guidelines are having on food businesses. Certainly in my work I am seeing an increase of unexpectedly high levels of fines for offences that would previously have cost a business £5000 at the most. Even small businesses are finding it tougher if they get it wrong.

Of particular importance to food businesses and their advisors are two presentations from Wan Mak and Sue Howlett on how to respond to the Childhood Obesity Strategy in practical terms. Failing to respond could be a business risk in many ways.

After lunch thoughts turn to fraud – and two speakers, Eoghan Daley (ex CIEH, now from Crow Clark Whitehill) will explain how we can learn from what other industries are doing to tackle fraud, and Martin Gill from Acoura Marine will discuss fraud and sustainability in the fishing sector.

Last but not least, we have two sessions on the all important Regulating our Future programme being carried out by the Food Standards Agency, led by Nina Purcell, who is presenting the first paper of this session. There is then a chance to ask questions of our panel, including Nina, and those from other expert groups. This is your opportunity to have your say as well as ask questions!

To see the full programme and to book your place, please visit the RSPH website.


Written by Dr Lisa Ackerley, Food Safety Adviser, British Hospitality Association and Acoura Consulting, Visiting Professor University of Salford

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