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Plastics & Packaging - Avoiding the Unintended Consequences of Food Waste & Food Safety in Food & Drink Manufacturing

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Plastics & packaging is one of the biggest issues currently facing the food and drink industry. Manufacturers have relied on plastic for many years as a packaging material because it's safe, secure, hygienic and prolongs shelf-life.

However, the unintended consequences it creates means we must now look for alternative materials or better ways to reduce food waste and ensure food safety is not compromised.

How do we balance the need for safe and robust packaging with alternatives that don't lead to unintended consequences that may damage the planet, compromise food safety or increase food waste?

Our speakers will look at areas including - new technology and innovation;  contaminants from chemical migration; how businesses can increase recyclability; new regulations and the legal challenges the industry faces; and case studies demonstrating how brands are navigating this challenging area.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Judy Procter, Deputy Director for Waste Regulation, Environmental Agency (keynote speech)
  • Libby Peake, Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance
  • Emma Bradley, Analytical Chemist, Fera Science
  • Rick Mumford, Head of Science, Evidence & Research, FSA
  • Alban Forster, Director, SLR Consulting
  • Alex Ibrahim, Of Counsel, CMS, Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Olivia Jamison, Partner, CMS, Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Alice Harlock, Marketing and Membership, OPRL
  • Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer, FDF (Chair)

Including confirmed representatives from:

  • Omron

More speakers to be announced in due course.

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Rick Mumford
Deputy Director of Science, Evidence & Research, FSA

Professor Rick Mumford is Deputy Director of Science, Evidence & Research at the Food Standards Agency, where he leads a multi-disciplinary team of around 90 staff, providing expert risk assessment and socio-economic evidence to support UK food safety. A virologist and molecular biologist by training, he has 25 years' experience, as both a practising, applied scientist (focusing on diagnostics and biosecurity), and as a science leader, including senior roles up to executive level, within government and the private sector. An author on over 75 scientific publications, Rick is a Visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Alban Forster
Director, SLR Consulting

Alban Forster MSc (DIC) is a Director for SLR leading the company's Advisory teams across Europe. He has 25 years' professional experience in the field of commercial, technical, and environmental due diligence across principally the waste and energy sectors.

Alban has supported regional and national Governments as well as Corporates in developing waste and recycling policy best practice. He has extensive knowledge of the UK waste and recycling infrastructure and has advised companies on the recyclability of their products.

Alice Harlock
Marketing and Membership, OPRL

Alice Harlock has worked for OPRL since 2014, and leads on membership recruitment and support. Alice started her career at HDRA as part of the Sustainable Waste team, working a number of local authority based projects.

She moved to WRAP where she continued her work on waste minimisation through the Home Composting Programme. Over the years, this expanded into work on consumer communications for the Recycle Now and Recycle for London campaigns.

Organiser: Casey Horn, 020 7420 7146, casey.horn@fdf.org.uk