Ready for the future: building excellence through analysis, research and evidence
Hosted by the Food Standards Agency, and experts from academia, industry, international organisations and partner food regulators from around the world.
For the last 20 years the Food Standards Agency has played a key role in protecting consumers and ensuring the food industry is as successful internationally as it is domestically. However, we live in a rapidly changing world. To be ready for the future regulators need excellence in analysis, research and evidence. Global markets, economic and societal change, emerging technologies, climate change and unsustainable consumption models will all have a profound impact on food safety regulation.
The two-day conference showcased the cutting-edge analysis and research tackling the biggest challenges facing the food landscape. From the future of food, exploring new trends and technologies, to cultivating food safety culture, we'll look at how cutting-edge analysis is helping regulators understand the global food system and the drivers of change.
The event provided unparalleled opportunities to:
- Engage with talks and panel sessions from experts in food safety, economics and other social sciences and other branches of regulatory science.
- Deep dive into cutting-edge research with academics and food regulators from around the world
- Connect with a diverse and unique network of international food regulatory practitioners, researchers and industry professionals
- Network with peers, share insights and forge pivotal links within the industry
- This is your chance to join the conversation and help shape the next 20 years of global food safety.
What took place?
The 2021 International Food Regulatory Analysis Conference was a two-half day virtual conference on 9-10 March 2021.
It showcased innovative research on regulatory analysis and set out how analysis, research and evidence are used to tackle the challenges of today amidst a global pandemic and contribute to addressing emerging risks for the future.
The conference also demonstrated how the Food Standards Agency aims to maintain and strengthen its reputation as an international leader in food regulatory science and innovation. With the 20th anniversary of the FSA in 2020, it also served as a platform for a forward-looking conversation about the next 20 years of food regulation, and how the FSA will exert its influence as an excellent, accountable, modern regulator.
The conference aimed to:
- Bring together leading practitioners, public health professionals, researchers and academics from across the world to create the debate on how their unique skill sets and expertise gained from highly specialised areas of research will underpin future work
- Showcase innovative research on regulatory analysis, and demonstrate how analysis, research and evidence will be used to tackle the challenges ahead, and contribute to addressing emerging risks for the future
- Build knowledge and understanding of the work of our key stakeholders in this field
- Gauge the views and consensus on the importance of an independent evidence and science-based regulator for food in a post EU world whilst tackling covid-19
- Provide a forum to conduct international regulatory comparisons and identify methodological developments in regulatory analysis around the world
- Share knowledge and intelligence on; the use of data, information and analytics, existing risks, new and changing risks, and targeted and effective surveillance and regulation
- Establish new strategic relationships with experts from international partner agencies, academia, industry and the third sector
Key Themes and Topics
Protecting public health in relation to food in challenging times
The COVID-19 pandemic is a major public health crisis, with the global food sector being significantly impacted both economically and socially, across the entire food system in relation to human resources, supply chains and logistics. This conference will explore some of the challenges, opportunities and threats faced by food safety regulators in protecting public health while tackling emerging risks across the food chain.
- Innovative methods in assessing public health risks
- Protecting consumer interests in relation to food
Achieving Regulatory Excellence in the 21st Century
There are growing challenges around food safety, affordability, security and sustainability; with potentially very radical impacts to global food supply within the next 20 years. Achieving regulatory excellence is contingent on having a modern and sustainable approach to regulation; leveraging business behaviour change to ensure that food is safe and authentic. Topics will explore how new technologies could lead to improvements in the effectiveness of monitoring and control in the food system, increasing safety and integrity, which in turn facilitate innovation in regulatory approaches.
- Understanding the impact of emerging technologies on food production and consumption
- Effective Regulation & business compliance in a post pandemic world
Times shown are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Please note exact timings and sessions may be subject to slight change up until the day of the virtual conference
Day 1 — full schedule
March 9th, 11:30 - 16:25
This clip also include the Opening Address from Emily Miles, CEO, Food Standards Agency
Chair/ Intro: Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser, Food Standards Agency and Professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Birmingham
Understanding and changing behaviours in the food system - Presenter: Professor Susan Michie, Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London and chair of the Advisory Committee for Social Science (ACSS), Food Standards Agency
Regulating the commercial food system to prevent non-communicable diseases: learning from evaluation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy - Presenter: Professor Martin White, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge
Panel Session - Panel: Rebecca Sudworth, Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency; Professor Susan Michie, Professor Martin White; Rachel Edelstein, Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Programme Development, Food Safety & Inspection Service, USDA
Topic 1 - How will cutting edge analysis in informing interventions protect consumer health?
This session focuses on the application of risk models and data analysis in the context of food safety; giving participants the opportunity to learn about innovative approaches and tools used in shaping the future of food safety policy, surveillance and regulation.
Chair: Rebecca Sudworth, Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency
T1A - Applying Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in supporting policy interventions to reduce foodborne disease in the UK [Presenter: Vanna Aldin, Head of Analytics and Chief Economist, FSA]
T1B - Foundational Risk Models and Application to Risk Informed Decision-Making at the CFIA. [Presenter: Martha Genest, Policy and Rahil Golipoor, Data Scientist at Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)]
T1C - Using food purchase data to identify food exposure routes [Presenter: Dr. Sandra Hoffmann, Senior Research Economist, Economic Research Service (ERS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)]
T1D - The use of expert elicitation for estimating COI - illness attribution for Horticultured [Presenter: Ben Daughtry, Senior Food Scientist and Snezana Smiljanic, Economist, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)]
Topic 2 - How different interventions can help to achieve socially desirable outcomes
This session will look at how evidence has been used to develop and design policy interventions to protect public health and consumers’ interests in relation to food.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a series of presentations followed by discussions on the role of government agencies in managing and mitigated risks to public health.
Chair: Eirini Petratou, Economic Advisor, Analytics Unit, Food Standards Agency
T2A - Behavioural approaches for better policy design and delivery [Presenter: James Drummond, Policy Analyst, OECD]
T2B - Sustainable Consumption: what works best, carbon taxes, subsidies and/or nudges? [Presenter: Dr Magda Osman, Queen Mary University of London]
T2C - Economic Analysis of Measures to Reduce Sugar and Sodium Intake [Presenter: Dr Wonyong Kim, National Food Safety Information Service (NFSI)]
T2D - Food Safety Disclosure & the Role of Competition in Driving Food Safety Outcomes [Presenter: Mike Ollinger, Senior Economist, Economic Research Service (ERS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)]
Topic 3 - How should we communicate risk?
The primary goal of risk communication is to ensure the interactive exchange of information and ideas throughout the risk analysis process.
This session will explore best practice in communicating risk and how regulator have drawn on research with practitioners, media and consumers to develop a communications toolkit for policymakers.
Chair: Michelle Patel, Head of Social Science and Strategic Insight, Food Standards Agency
T3A - The FSA Risk Communications Toolkit [Presenters: Michelle Patel, Head of Social Science and Strategic Insight and Catherine Clarke, Head of Marketing Projects Communications, Food Standards Agency (FSA)]
T3B - Pregnancy Warning Labels [Presenters: Mark Jones, Economist and Trevor Webb, Principal Social Scientist & Director, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)]
T3C - What drives risk perceptions? Revisiting public perceptions of food hazards associated with production and consumption [Presenter: Dr Sarah Jenkins, Research Associate Department of Experimental Psychology, University College London]
Topic 4 - Why are there international differences in food safety risks?
As global food systems evolve rapidly, with more complex production systems; the detection and elimination of foodborne risks is becoming more complex and difficult. This session compares how food safety risks differ in the international arena, giving participants a rare opportunity to gain insights and understanding of some of the challenges facing regulators and industry across the global food landscape.
Chair: Dr Amie Adkin, Head of Risk Assessment, Food Standards Agency
T4A - Food Safety in Fruits, Nuts, and Vegetables: Common Practices Among U.S. Post-harvest Firms [Presenter: Greg Astill, Economist, Economic Research Service (ERS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)]
T4B - Foodborne Disease Estimates: International Comparison of Methodologies [Presenters: Ameze Simbo, Surveillance Scientist, Public Health England (PHE) and Darren Holland, Lead Operational Research Advisor, Food Standards Agency (FSA)]
T4C - How Food Safety Standards Are Established in China [Presenter: Dr Fan Yongxiang, China National Center For Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)]
Topic 5 - Food allergies: the impacts and how to address the challenges ahead
Recent research and developments in managing food hypersensitivities; ranging from an international review of allergen labelling, to understanding the financial burden of allergies; will be explored in this session through a series of presentations and discussions.
Chair: Sushma Acharya, Head of Policy and Strategy for Food Hypersensitivity, Food Standards Agency
T5A - FSA's Food Allergy and Intolerance Research Programme [Presenter: Ross Yarham, Senior Allergen Risk Assessor, Food Standards Agency]
T5B - A study exploring the food industry’s provision of allergen information to consumers for non-prepacked foods [Presenter: Katherine Porter, Senior Social Science Research Officer, Food Standards Agency]
T5C - Understanding the Financial Burden of Allergies [Presenter: Kerry Daff, Associate Director, RSM UK Consulting LLP]
T5D - International Review of Allergen Labelling [Presenters: Laura Broomfield, Principal Research Officer, Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Trevor Webb, Principal Social Scientist & Director, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)]
Topic 6 - How understanding the roles of organisational culture & behavioural drivers can enhance food safety compliance
Organisational culture has impact on the capability of a food business to provide food that is safe and what it says it is. This session will explore issues around the assessment of business food safety culture as a tool to assess regulatory compliance. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions on challenges regulators and businesses face in assessing and measuring food safety culture.
Chair: Dr Joanna Disson, Lead Social Science Research Advisor, Food Standards Agency
T6A - Global outlook on regulating food safety culture [Presenter: Dr Lone Jespersen, Principal, Cultivate Food Safety]
T6B - How understanding the roles of organisational culture & behavioural drivers can enhance food safety compliance [Presenter: Donald Prater, Associate Commissioner for Imported Food Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration]
T6C - Data, culture and the Victorian dairy industry [Presenter: Amanda Hill, CEO, Dairy Food Saftey Victoria, Australia]
T6D - Research Perspectives on the Future of Food Safety Culture [Presenter: Professor Carol Wallace, Professor of Food Safety Management Systems, Research Lead for School of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Central Lancashire]
Chair/ Introduction: Vanna Aldin, Head of Analytics and Chief Economist, Food Standards Agency
Estimating the Cost of Illness for Microbiological Foodborne Disease in the UK - Presenter: Nicholas Daniel, Economic Adviser, Food Standards Agency
Disease burden of food-related pathogens in the Netherlands - Presenter: Dr Eelco Franz, Head of Department epidemiology and surveillance of enteric infections and zoonoses, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
Surveys of willingness-to-pay to avoid chemicals-related health effects & kidney damage survey - Presenters: Damien Dussaux, Environmental Economist, Environment and Economy Integration, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) & Dr. Sandra Hoffmann, Senior Research Economist, Economic Research Service (ERS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Eliciting Willingness to Pay and Quality Adjusted Life Years related to Foodborne Disease and Food Hypersensitivity - Presenter: Professor Daniel Rigby, Environmental Economics, University of Manchester and member of the Advisory Committee for Social Science (ACSS), Food Standards Agency
Day 2 — full schedule
March 10th, 10:15 - 15:10
Introduction and Chair: Steven Wearne, Vice Chair at Codex Alimentarius Commission and Director, Global Affairs, Food Standards Agency
Challenges and opportunities for intergovernmental co-operation in food regulation - Presenter: Steven Wearne, Vice Chair at Codex Alimentarius Commission and Director, Global Affairs, Food Standards Agency
Title TBC - Presenter: Elsa Pilichowski, Director of Public Governance, OECD
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS 2021 - Learn, adapt and invent - Presenter: Tom Heilandt, Secretary, Codex Alimentarius Commission at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Panel Session - Panel: Steven Pollock, Director of Strategy, Legal, Communications and Governance, Food Standards Agency; Mark Booth CEO, Food Standards Australia New Zealand; Tom Heilandt, Secretary, Codex Alimentarius Commission at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Topic 7 - Why Covid-19 has become the catalyst for new patterns of production and consumption
The COVID‐19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the global food sector both economically and socially, across the entire food system. It is therefore crucial for government to understand how new patterns of production and consumption impact on both industry and consumers.
This session looks at the impact of supply chains to the global food system; while examining the demand side by focusing on consumer views in relation to food choices.
Chair: Nicholas Daniel, Economics Advisor, Food Standards Agency
T7A - Horizon Scanning - Recent Changes From C-19 [Presenter: Michelle Patel, Head of Social Science and Strategic Insight, Food Standards Agency (FSA)]
T7B - Following the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Retail Sales with High Frequency Scanner Data [Presenter: Alexander Stevens, Research Agricultural Economist, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)]
T7C - Covid-19, food crime and approaches to counting its cost [Presenters: Professor Lisa Jack, Professor of Accounting, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth and Giles Chapman, Head of Analysis & Futures, National Food Crime Unit, Food Standards Agency]
T7D - Wrapped Attention: Market and Safety Analysis of Plastic Packaging Alternatives [Presenter: Marina Renton, Health Project Manager, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Massachusetts Senior Care Association and Vincent Greenwood, Higher Scientific Officer, Food Contact Materials, Food Standards Agency]
Topic 8 - Emerging Risks - how to respond in times of crisis
From a major public health crisis to economic and societal transformation along with emerging technologies and climate change; this coming decade will see some of the biggest challenges facing the food landscape. How to regulate food businesses in an environment that is increasingly being defined by rapidly emerging risks, technologies and evolving food systems; is an ongoing question being considered by regulators. This session explores the growth of new platforms in the sale and purchase of food; threats and challenges related to it; consumer perceptions and the implications this has from a food safety regulatory perspective.
Chair: Laura Broomsfield, Principal Research Officer, Food Standards Agency
T8A - Towards recovery: technology, data and flexibility [Presenter: Giuseppa Ottimofiore, Policy Analyst, OECD]
T8B - Online platforms in the food ecosystem [Presenter: Beatrix Siemering, Data Scientist, Food Standards Agency]
T8C - Food in the Platform Economy: Advancing risk regulation in the context of the platform economy [Presenter: Dr Jose A Bolanos, Researcher, Food Standards Agency & London School of Economics]
T8D - FSA’s more responsive Food and You survey [Presenter: George Gaskell, Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology and Research Methodology and member of the Advisory Committee for Social Science (ACSS), Food Standards Agency ]
Topic 9 - The future of food – what are the new trends and technologies?
Predicting the future of food is not only difficult for regulators but a challenge for the industry. Technology, convenience, sustainability and consumer awareness continue to drive the growing pace of new and emerging markets in the food sector.
This session examines a number of case studies looking at gene editing and other emerging technologies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions on the challenge for food safety regulators in understanding the potential risks and unintended consequences of emerging technologies.
Chair: Prof. Rick Mumford FRSB MIFST, Deputy Director of Science & Head of Science, Evidence & Research Division, Food Standards Agency
T9A - Consumer Attitudes to Emerging Technologies [Presenter: Sian Morse-Jones, Principal Consultant, Collingwood Environmental]
T9B - An overview of the growth of foods, dietary supplements, and other products in the US currently labelled as containing “CBD” [Presenter: Janet Gemmill Peckham, Senior Economist, United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA)]
T9C - Gene Editing Current Public Dialogues [Presenters: Dr Nick Boase, Senior Research Officer and Dr Louise Ball, GM Policy and Regulation, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Alice John, Senior Social Science Research Officer, Food Standards Agency]
T9D - Current UK regulatory view on CBD in food [Presenters: Frances Hill, Team Leader Regulated Products Risk Assessment, Food Standards Agency and Paul Tossell, Head of Radiological, GM, Novel Foods & Feed Additives Branch, Food Standards Agency]
Topic 10 - How do we ensure food safety in a world of international regulatory cooperation?
There is a clear case for encouraging greater international regulatory cooperation, while at the same time addressing public health concerns. Regulation without consideration for the international context in policymaking could potentially result in unintended regulatory divergences. This session will look case studies in understanding the role of international regulatory cooperation from a trade and regulator’s perspective.
Chair: Vanna Nasser Aldin, Head of Analytics and Chief Economist, Food Standards Agency
T10A - No policymaker can act in isolation: International regulatory co-operation as a key pillar in regulating today [Presenter: Marianna Karttunen, Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD]
T10B - Trade Equivalence Agreements. Fukushima: U.S. Response and the Short-Term Impact on U.S. - Japan Trade in Seafood [Presenter: Dr Aliya Sassi, Senior Economist, United States Food and Drug Administration]
T10C - Food safety Regulations and Trade: What do border rejection tell us? [Presenter: Professor Spencer Henson, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph and member of the Advisory Committee for Social Science (ACSS), Food Standards Agency]
T10D - Foodborne campylobacteriosis: the regulatory response to a national case / control study in New Zealand [Presenter: Steve Hathaway, Chief Food Safety Scientist, New Zealand Food Safety]
Topic 11 - Can we achieve business compliance in a rapidly changing world?
As food safety regulators look to modernise the way food businesses are regulated, there is a growing need to better understand the sectors being regulated if regulators are to develop a system that is modern, risk-based and proportionate.
This session will look at the challenges and implications that arise in achieving business compliance in a rapidly changing world.
Chair: Maria Jennings, Director of Regulatory Compliance, People & NI, Food Standards Agency
T11A - Focusing on risks and outcomes, providing guidance, leveraging technology – an overview of recent international experience in supporting compliance [Presenter: Florentin Blanc, Senior Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)]
T11B - Food Law Rating Scheme [Presenter: Bryan Campbell, Regulatory Strategy Programme Manager, Food Standards Scotland]
T11C - Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme: the evidence [Presenters: Darren Holland, Lead Operational Research Advisor, Food Standards Agency and Dr Joanna Disson, Principal Research Officer, Food Standards Agency]
T11D - Remote assessments during C-19 to inform risk based inspections for FBOs [Presenter: Mar Maestre, Senior Consultant, ICF Consulting]
This clip also includes the presentation FSA - Looking Towards the Future by Prof. Rick Mumford FRSB MIFST, Deputy Director of Science & Head of Science, Evidence & Research Division, Food Standards Agency
Chair/Intro: Julie Pierce, Director of Openness, Data and Digital; Wales and Science, Food Standards Agency
Digitalisation of Agri-Food Supply Chains – Opportunities and Challenges - Presenter: Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Head of Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge
A Food Systems Approach to Resilience in the Food System - Presenter: Bob Doherty, Professor of Marketing & Chair in Agrifood and Principal Investigator of IKnowFood, University of York
Panel: Panel: Ian Wright, Chief Executive, Food & Drink Federation; Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Head of Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge; Bob Doherty, Professor of Marketing & Chair in Agrifood and Principal Investigator of IKnowFood, University of York
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