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Westminster Food & Nutrition Keynote Seminar: Food labelling regulation – the future for UK policy

Public Health England’s sugar reduction report reviewing evidence on interventions to help the nation reduce their sugar consumption, included more comprehensive food labelling and influced the UK Government’s childhood obesity strategy, which calls for clearer food labelling to help the UK public make healthier food choices.  The Food Foundation will be attending and speaking at this keynote seminar.

The focus of this seminar includes:

  • The impact of the EU referendum and other key implementation issues on the UK food industry’s preparations for the introduction of the European Commission’s mandatory new Food Information to Consumer Regulations (FIC) from December 2016;
  • The future of country-of-origin and GMO labelling, and progress on the enforcement of food regulations; and
  • Developments in consumer behavior and food labelling policy, including front of pack nutritional information.

We will be hearing from a diverse panel of speakers to assess the impact of FIC Regulation for UK businesses and consumers: implementation, enforcement and voluntary labelling.  We will also hear about the priorities for producers and the future of country-of-origin labelling as well as promotion transparency in food labelling.  Also discussed will be innovative approaches to retail food marketing within the new regulatory framework; and challenges for providing consumer information in non-retail environments.  Finally we will discuss the future of nutritional information policy in the UK.

Speakers:

Keynotes: Stephen Pugh, Course Coordinator, Better Training, Safer Food, European Commission; Bryonie Hollaert, Company Nutritionist, Wm Morrison Supermarkets
Matthew Sharman, Head of Food Science, Fera
Mick Sloyan, Strategy Director, AHDB Pork.

Caroline Benjamin, Director, Food Allergy Training Consultancy
Mike Peters, Strategy Consultant, Nutritional Information Solutions, The Institute of Food Research
David Pickering, Trading Standards Manager, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards Service
Rend Platings, Founder, Sugarwise
Professor Monique Raats, Director, Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey
Henrietta Sameke, Technical Policy Advisor, British Meat Processors Association
Nicky Strong, Consultant, Bond Dickinson and
Anna Taylor, Executive Director, The Food Foundation.

Chair: Geraint Davies MP has kindly agreed to chair this seminar.