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THE UK GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE CONFERENCE 2021

Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October 2021

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THE UK GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE CONFERENCE 2021

Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October 2021.

Green peas in pods

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) invite you to join us at our upcoming joint conference this October, which is being hosted as an entirely virtual event. The conference will be delivered remotely in English, French and Spanish.

Enhancing Food Safety and Food Security In a Changing World
and
Keeping Food Safety Incidents and Crisis Response High On the Agenda

As we continue to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will provide a timely and important opportunity to consider food safety incidents and crises and how globally we respond to challenges which might affect global food safety and food supply.

More generally, our conference will look at the role of food systems and regulators in food safety incidents, including the best practice for food borne illness outbreak management, the use of surveillance techniques and emerging technologies.

It will consider the role of the food industry in incident resolution and product recalls, as well as best practice in food crime, food defence and food authenticity, and how best to communicate food risks. We'll also be looking at a range of issues including how we achieve harmonisation and use of best practice across differing international regulatory systems, as well as future challenges for industry and regulators.

An International Panel of Experts

The conference will bring together a diverse and unique network of international regulators, food safety scientists, food laboratory experts and technical experts from across the world.

Our international panel of speakers and presenters are experienced professionals drawn from across public health, food regulation and the food industry, to lend their authoritative insight to an engaging and informative series of presentations, seminars, workshops and plenary sessions over three days.

We've highlighted some of the sessions and themes we’ll be discussing here (this will initially link to a sanitised form of the conference agenda and speakers)

Share and Influence

Our intention is that this conference will help to ensure that food safety and good incident management practice remain a high priority in a world of shifting global events. We will explore subjects ranging from how we manage incidents and emergencies as part of broader food systems, to how we can work more closely with INFOSAN, the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the World Health Organization to set high standards and support industry and regulators.

Delegates will also be offered the opportunity to make a poster or recorded presentation to showcase country activities associated themes related to the main agenda (in the available to other attendees outside of the timetabled events, enabling you to meet and talk with other delegates who have a direct interest in your work. Find out more information on how to request and prepare your presentation.

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference in October, which as an experienced professional in one or more of these areas, we’re sure you’ll find to be of great interest.

How To Join Us At The Conference

You can register your attendance using our online web form

We recommend you act now to register to avoid disappointment as places will be limited.

We recommend using the e-mail address to which your invitation's been sent when registering, for the simplest and fastest user experience.

If you've not received an invitation directly, we welcome expressions of interest from those colleagues who may not have received an invitation to the conference as yet. However, because places will be limited at the conference, if you've not received an invitation directly we would ask that you complete the brief set of questions that will greet you when you start the registration process. Once we have these, we'll let you know as soon as possible whether we’ve accepted your registration.

If you have any queries regarding the conference or the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact our joint conference team at 2021gfsier@food.gov.uk.

WELCOME TO THE UK GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE CONFERENCE 2021

Professor Susan Jebb, Chair, Food Standards Agency Ross Finnie, Chair, Food Standards Scotland

May we on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) welcome you to this virtual conference on 13–15 October 2021.

We all operate within the global food system and face the same challenge of maintaining and enhancing public confidence in the safety of our food. Therefore, the requirement for robust, effective standards and regulation that help us achieve that aim is vital for all involved.

This conference offers us all a great opportunity to consider how we can develop and deliver global best practice. This includes taking a closer look at the key role that institutions such as INFOSAN, the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the World Health Organization can play.

We also hope this conference will foster ever-better engagement with industry, working towards our shared common goal of consumer confidence in a safe food system. Joining together this week gives us opportunity to inspire each other and encourage fresh thinking and new approaches.

This conference also comes at a time when the global food industry has had to perform under extraordinary pressures, through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected all our lives. Both the FSA and FSS will consider the key insights emerging from the sudden and significant impacts on global food safety and supply, and we’ll be looking to how we can prepare for future food safety challenges.

As professionals involved in the management of food safety incidents and emergencies around the world, we trust that you will find this conference informative and engaging. We invite you to participate fully in the diverse and interactive conference programme and to forge new connections with each other.

In a world of shifting global events, we know that excellent food safety incident and foodborne illness outbreak management will remain a high priority. We also know that we will all be better prepared and better able to operate effectively if we work together.

Professor Susan Jebb,
Chair, Food Standards Agency
Ross Finnie,
Chair, Food Standards Scotland

Poster session: share your good practice

Poster presentation instructions

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This isn’t an academic session though research can be included. The poster session provides an opportunity for professionals to showcase the great work of individuals and their organisations, under the overall themes of the conference and the specified themes below, regarding adoption of best practice by countries and consumer protection.

Applicants may be from research institutes, the food industry, government agencies, trade associations, or other food safety organisations. Examples of poster presentations could be on a piece of scientific research in food safety, or a case study on the work of a food safety authority in relation to a recent foodborne outbreak investigation.

A poster presentation offers the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other conference attendees who have a direct interest in your work. A good poster is fundamentally an extended abstract with easily readable graphics to illustrate the key points.

Themes

  • food safety laws and regulations
  • food fraud
  • novel technologies in food safety
  • food borne disease and surveillance
  • incident prevention
  • risk management and communication
  • traceability in the global food supply chain
  • microbiological and chemical risks in food
  • food allergens
  • food security and policy
  • emerging food safety threats

Guidelines for submitting a poster - You will need to submit 2 things:

1) A short executive summary of your poster:

Description of the work to be placed in the conference brochure and event listing so that delegates understand the poster content at a glance. You should make sure you give the talk an interesting title to help grab immediate attention from delegates to view.

2) The poster:

  • The poster should be written in standard English and fall within at least one of the conference themes.
  • The poster can be a video, a series of slides or simply some text on a relevant subject. We are flexible on the format used to present your topic.
  • A short biography of the person submitting the work should be included
  • The poster ideally should be structured with the following fields:
    • Theme
    • Title
    • Author and co-author(s): last and first name, affiliations
    • introduction
    • what was done / methodology
    • results/ discussion
    • outcomes
  • We advise that if your poster is in written form it is saved as a PDF file and fits on a single page like a normal poster, so that it is convenient to view on a computer screen and assessors can zoom into parts as needed.
  • If you record a video to go with the poster it should be in an MP4 format, Ideally in widescreen and at least HD (if you need help with this then contact us at 2021gfsier@food.gov.uk); and should be no more than 3-5 mins long.
  • Your poster can also include hyperlinks (e.g., to a full published scientific article).
  • You may also wish to provide some extra slides that show figures, tables, or text.
  • The deadline for selected posters to provide their final content for the conference website will be Tuesday 5 October 2021.

Please email the poster to the conference mailbox 2021gfsier@food.gov.uk

Agenda

Please note agenda timings are subject to change.

THE UK GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE CONFERENCE 2021

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Morning Session
Opening Remarks

Today’s challenges

  • Professor Susan Jebb Chair, Food Standards Agency
Keynote Speech 1

The role of INFOSAN in food safety incidents –and broader food systems

  • Dr Francesco Branca MD, PhD Head of Nutrition and Food Safety, World Health Organization
Keynote Speech 2

The role of regulators in food safety incidents and recalls

  • Geoff Ogle Chief Executive, Food Standards Scotland
  • Emily Miles Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency
Afternoon Session One
Breakout session 1: Surveillance

Chaired by Julie Pierce, Director of Openness, Data and Digital, Wales, Information and Science, Food Standards Agency

  • How surveillance can be used
  • How data can be used
  • How Horizon Scanning can be used

With presentations from our speakers:

Jesus Alvarez-Pinera, Head of Data, Food Standards Agency:

The use of AI and predictive modelling in surveillance

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Dr Caroline Merten, scientific officer at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in the Scientific Committee and Emerging risk unit

EFSA’s emerging risk exchange network and horizon scanning

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Diego Varela, INFOSAN Advisory Group Member – Chile, & Officer, ACHIPIA (Food Safety and Quality Agency of Chile)

The use of data to inform where food safety priorities lie: the Chilean case

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Dr John Cowden, Consultant Epidemiologist at Public Health Scotland

The use of public health surveillance to inform foodborne illness priorities

Breakout session 2: New technologies in incident management

Chaired by Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser, Food Standards Agency

  • What are the new technologies?
  • What are the challenges?
  • What can we learn from behaviours?

With presentations from our speakers:

Selvarani Elahi, Deputy Government Chemist (UK):

How new analytical methodologies can be used to support food safety and standards

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Dr. Mariam Harib Al Suwaidi, INFOSAN Advisory Group & Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority

How AI can be used to help regulate food business operators

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Thai-An Nguyen, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yale University

The use of Whole Genome sequencing as a tool to better understand food borne illnesses

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Michelle Patel, Head of Social Science, Food Standards Agency

Monitoring social behaviours today to understand tomorrow's challenges

Breakout session 3: Food Authenticity and Crime

Chaired by Professor Chris Elliott, Queen’s University, Belfast

  • Food Authenticity
  • Food Crime
  • PAS96

With presentations from our speakers:

Steve Barrass (UK), PAS96:

The influence of PAS96 on keeping food secure from threats

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Giles Chapman, Head of Analysis and Futures, National Food Crime Unit (UK), and Ron McNaughton, Head of Food Crime and Incidents, Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit, Food Standards Scotland:

How to tackle food crime

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Peter Whelan, Director of Audit and Investigations, Food Safety Authority of Ireland:

Tackling food crime in the Republic of Ireland

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John W. Spink, PhD, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University (USA)

Afternoon Session Two
  • Julie Pierce Director of Openness, Data and Digital, Wales, Information and Science, Food Standards Agency
  • Professor Robin May Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), Food Standards Agency
  • Professor Chris Elliott PhD, FRSC, FRSB, MRIA, OBE Professor of Food Safety and Founder, Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast

Summing up session with our breakout session Chairs

THE UK GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE CONFERENCE 2021

Thursday 14th October 2021

Morning Session
Welcome

Food safety challenges in Wales and Northern Ireland

Colm McKenna, Chair of Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee and Peter Price, Chair of Welsh Food Advisory Committee

Keynote Speech 3

The role of industry in food safety incidents and recalls

  • Steve Purser Product Regulatory Compliance & International Technical Director, Tesco
Discussion

Reflections on Best Practice session:

Chaired by Philip Randles, Head of Incidents and Resilience, Food Standards Agency

With recorded presentations and live discussion from:

  • Steve Barrass (UK), PAS96
  • Joe Dunne, Kerry Foods
  • Ray Ellard, formerly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Professor Paul Sutton, Public Health England
  • Jenny Bishop, New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Drazenka Tubin-Delic, Tesco Plc (UK)
  • Greg Corbishley, The Barts Ingredients Company
  • Professor Tony Hines, Leatherhead Food Research
Afternoon Session One
Breakout session 4: Outbreak investigations

Chaired by Andrew Jones, Deputy Director of Health Protection and Screening Services, Public Health Wales

  • Outbreak investigations
  • The use of Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Harmonisation of practice

With presentations from our speakers:

Dr Lesley Larkin, National Infection Service, Public Health England and Tina Potter, Head of Incidents, Food Standards Agency:

Managing foodborne incident outbreaks

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Jennifer Beal, Food and Drug Administration (USA):

Food borne illness outbreaks and use of Whole Genome Sequencing

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Dr Lesley Allison, Deputy Director/Principal Clinical Scientist, Scottish E. coli O157/STEC Reference Laboratory (SERL):

Monitoring for E.coli (STEC)

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Dr Annie Locas, National Manager, Food Safety Science Services - Microbiology Canadian Food Inspection Agency:

Food safety investigations, outbreaks and the use of Whole Genome Sequencing 

Breakout session 5: Risk communication

Chaired by Rebecca Sudworth, Director, Food Policy, Food Standards Agency

  • Rapid Risk Communication
  • Cross country harmonisation of approach to risk communication as part of risk analysis
  • The importance of rapid data sharing – how to optimise

With presentations from our speakers:

Justin Everard, Senior Head of External Communications, Food Standards Agency:

FSA and FSS communications toolkits

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Dr Ceyhun Güngӧr, Technical Officer, Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, World Health Organization:

INFOSAN and its potential for improving risk communication between countries 

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Jenny Bishop, Team Manager, Food Compliance Services Group – New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries:

Risk communication - a New Zealand perspective

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Hakim Baligeya Mufumbiro, Coordinator CCAFRICA, Uganda National Bureau of Standards:

The value of harmonized risk communications for the African Continental Free Trade Area

Breakout session 6: Crisis management

Chaired by Emma Reed, Director – Emergency Response and Health Protection, Department of Health and Social Care (UK)

·         How to manage multi-country food safety crises – what mechanisms are needed based on experience.

 

With presentations from our speakers:

Jane Lindsay, Department of Health and Social Care (UK)

UK Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response in public health protection

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Ray Ellard, formerly of Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Crisis co-ordination – the case for global guidance

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Sam Durant, Senior Food Safety Coordinator, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand:

Crisis coordination and management – the value of hindsight for incident preparedness and response

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Dr Ana Canals Caballero, Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency (AESAN):

Harmonization of crisis responses; Heads of European Agencies

Afternoon Session Two
  • Andrew Jones Deputy Director of Health Protection and Screening Services, Public Health Wales (PHW)
  • Emma Reed Director – Emergency Response and Health Protection, Department of Health and Social Care (UK)
  • Rebecca Sudworth Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency

Summing up session with our breakout session Chairs

THE UK GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE CONFERENCE 2021

Friday 15th October 2021

Morning Session
Welcome
  • Ross Finnie Chair, Food Standards Scotland
Keynote Speech 4

Covid-19 and what it taught us about global food safety & supply

  • Dr Peter Ben Embarek Head of WHO One Health Initiative (OHI), World Health Organization
Keynote Speech 5

The role of Codex in preventing and minimising impacts of food safety incidents and emergencies

  • Steve Wearne Director, Global Affairs, Food Standards Agency
Afternoon Session One
Debate & Plenary Session

Chaired by Steven Pollock, Director of Communications, Food Standards Agency

  • Harmonisation and Best Practice across differing International Regulatory Systems
  • Future challenges for industry and regulators

Joined by:

  • Dr Steve Wearne, Director, Global Affairs, Food Standards Agency
  • Dr Peter Ben Embarek, Head of WHO One Health Initiative (OHI), World Health Organization
  • Dr Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Food Standards Agency
  • Professor Isabel Oliver, Director, National Infection Service, Public Health England
  • Tom Heilandt, Secretary of Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • Eleonora Dupouy, Food Safety and Quality, INFOSAN, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Please don’t forget to submit your questions for the Debate and Plenary Session now

Afternoon Session Two
Summing up of the event

Emily Miles, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency, and Geoff Ogle, Chief Executive of Food Standards Scotland

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  • Steven Pollock Director of Communications , Food Standards Agency

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