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Refrigerated Food Safety Forum Agenda announcement

Industry experts from the Food Standards Agency, McDonald’s, Quorn Foods, Ahold USA, EDA and Leatherhead Food Research feature at the highly anticipated Refrigerated Food Safety Forum 2015

Full program announced for the Refrigerated Food Safety Forum, taking place from30th September – 1st October 2015, London, UK.

Leatherhead, 28th May 2015. The success of Smithers' leading Food Contact series of events has made way for the introduction of our newest senior level conference in partnership with Leatherhead Food Research - the Refrigerated Food Safety Forum, taking place on 30th September- 1st October 2015.

Taking place at the prestigious Thistle Marble Arch Hotel on Oxford Street and in the heart of Central London, we are very pleased to announce the agenda for Europe's only food safety forum dedicated to the cold chain. With guest speakers from key brands and retailers Quorn Foods, McDonald’s, Ahold USA and Waitrose, as well as leading bodies the EDA, the FSA, the Danish Dairy Board Brussels and many more technical experts, this is one conference that you cannot miss!

Programme highlights include:

The opening session will look at what is currently happening in food safety on a global scale, providing delegates with a critical overview of food safety updates and highlighting regional challenges across the globe. Chaired by Chris Wells, Director of Scientific and Technical Services at Leatherhead Food Research, presentations in this session will cover the retailer Ahold USA’s perspective on food safety in North America, a UK regulatory perspective from the FSA, regionalism and universality in the fresh dairy goods market from the European Dairy Association and a look at food safety in Asia and the Middle East.

To close day one, the conference will focus on shelf-life. The session will take an in-depth look at trends, ingredients and microbial considerations related to food safety which are crucial when understanding and predicting shelf life or endeavouring to extend it. Presentations will include a look at the implications of microbial surveillance and foodborne diseases by Peter Wareing of Leatherhead Food Research, technology-based strategies for extending shelf life by Tim Finnigan of Quorn Foods, shelf life monitoring technologies for the cold chain by Isreal Ben Tzur of BT9, plus many more.

Day two will look in to supply chain risks and traceability before pulling it all together with consumer best practises and talent engagement and retention in the industry.  With talks from Bizhan Pourkomailian of McDonald’s on knowing your product and preparing to answer consumer questions, Lynne Waite of DHL on distribution compliance for food on the move, plus many more, this session will provide timely case studies and advice, preparing you to answer the questions of an ever more intuitive public.

The full conference programme is available to view.

“The refrigerated foods market satisfies demand for a huge number of consumers for short shelf-life, high quality foods in a convenient format and with that comes a number of challenges.  In this conference we will be looking at these challenges and recent changes that helps to mitigate them and seeking solutions,” says Chris Wells, Leatherhead Food Research Director; conference Chair and event partner.

“With continual growth in the refrigerated food market and on-going food safety challenges, paired with heavy consumer demands for higher quality, longer lasting and more natural food products, there has never been a more prudent time for the industry to come together for crucial updates and to learn from one another. The 2015 agenda will engage all industry stakeholders and feature scientific and strategy-based case studies spanning refrigerated food safety across the value chain. With a very high level of interest in the area, this is an event not to be missed for 2015!” says Karla Sharp, Conference Producer.

The conference will also provide attendees with the opportunity to network extensively with food safety professionals from throughout the entire supply chain during frequent refreshment breaks, an evening drinks reception and lengthy lunch breaks. Delegates will also have the opportunity to maximise their focused learning opportunities by joining one of the Thought Leader Discussion Tables over lunch on day one. These will be hosted and facilitated by an industry expert and will allow for small group discussions on specific challenges or sectors.

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About Smithers

Smithers – the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, Smithers provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.

About Leatherhead Food Research

Leatherhead Food Research is your first choice for technical solutions and consulting expertise in the world of food and drink. We offer unparalleled experience to provide inspiring solutions for today’s challenging marketplace. Our services include product development, nutrition studies, food safety, global food regulations and sensory, consumer and market insight.


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