The threats and challenges to food safety will be highlighted by Professor Chris Elliott, who will deliver the 2017 City Food Lecture in February.
Elliott, a professor of food safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, will address the question: ‘Does it matter where our food comes from?’
Taking place on 21 February at London’s Guildhall, the annual event is one of the most prestigious in the food calendar. It brings together industry leaders, academics and members of London’s leading food related livery companies.
Elliott said: “To try to guarantee what we eat is what we think it is, has become an enormous challenge. Due to globalisation of the feed and food supply chains the ability for fraudulent activity to be undertaken has risen enormously.”
Research at the Institute for Global Food Security has centred on using ‘food fingerprinting techniques’ which can be used by the major stakeholders to test for signs of adulteration in foods such as palm oil, olive oil and honey.
John Reynolds, chairman of the City Food Lecture committee, said: “The UK has one of the world’s best food safety records, but at a time of global change, the food industry needs to be on its guard to maintain and where possible improve food safety.
“Professor Elliott’s lecture will no doubt be a timely reminder of the key challenges our industry faces in the years ahead.”
The lecture will be followed by a panel debate chaired by businesswoman Margaret Mountford and featuring LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond, writer and broadcaster Tim Hayward and Tesco group quality director Tim Smith.
The event is rounded off with an informal networking supper in the Guildhall’s famous Old Library room.
The City Food Lecture is organised by seven City of London livery companies whose roots are in the food industry – namely the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.
See www.cityfoodlecture.com for more information.