25 March 2021

15:00 - 16:00

This highly topical webinar will bring listeners up to speed on the current scientific advancements that are being used to mitigate the threat of food crime. We will look at some practical examples & see some of the best examples of thought leadership around this threat. We will also share out the value of collaboration with resource networks and regulators.

What participants will learn about

Examples of the latest science to combat food fraud that listeners could consider deploying. Examples of approaches being taken to insulate brands and secure supply chains. Hearing the regulator's perspective.

Target audience

Quality Managers, Technical Managers, Risk professions, Environmental Health Officers

Chair: Sterling Crew, Chair of the IFST Food Safety SIG, FIFST, FCIEH, FRSPH, MSOFHT, CEnvH, CSci

Sterling is Chair of the Food Authenticity Network Advisory Board, Co-founder of Kitchen Conversation, Managing Director of SQS ltd., Strategic Advisor at Shield Safety Group and Dynamic Risk Indicator. Sterling is also the Independent Scientific Advisor at Campden BRI and sits on its board. He sits on the audit governance board at Eurofins and is Scientific Advisor for OLIO. Sterling is a past Vice President of the IFST and the recipient of the IFST Honorary Fellowship for 2020. He is a public health and food commentator.

Sterling has over 35 years’ experience working in the food industry in the fields of food safety, governance, horizon scanning and innovation. He started his career in government before a successful track history in retailing, with Marks and Spencer and Tesco. He has also worked in the branded environment for Coca-Cola and Disney, and as a Technical Director for two manufacturers. With experience as a regulator, retailer, and manufacturer he has a unique perspective on food safety in the food supply chain.

Speaker: Chris Elliot, Institute for Global Food Security Queen's University, Belfast

Speaker: Clare Menezes, Director Global Food Integrity, Food Safety & Quality Centre of Expertise, McCormick & Company 

Clare Menezes is Director of Food Integrity for the Global Quality & Food Safety Center of Excellence, in this role one of her key areas of focus is herbs and spice integrity and specifically supply chain vulnerability management, as part of the McCormick global authenticity program. As part of her leadership accountability, she is responsible for directing Global Centers of Analytical Science and consequently heads McCormick’s activity investigating Emerging Technologies for the detection and verification of product integrity challenges. Clare Menezes has worked in the herb and spice industry for more than 20 years holding several technical roles including microbiology, food safety, quality assurance, supplier quality and regulatory responsibilities. Clare Menezes joined McCormick in 1998 and was appointed to her current position of Director Global Integrity for the Global Quality & Food Safety Center of Excellence in 2018. Before joining McCormick, Clare Menezes was a Public Analyst with Severn Trent Water and Company Microbiologist at Tate and Lyle Sugars (UK).

Speaker: Hayley Ward, Prevention Officer, National Food Crime Unit, Food Standards Agency

Q&A Panellist: Steve Smith, Head of Outreach & Prevention, National Food Crime Unit

Steve has been with the NFCU for 2 and a half years. He is responsible for a team-leading the Prepare, Protect and Prevent, working closely with key stakeholders, including businesses within the food supply chain. Steve's role is fascinating and challenging as supply chains are global and technical. Steve has 36 years of law enforcement experience, including previous roles as a senior investigating officer and Director of Intelligence. Steve is very aware of how crime can impact those who suffer, including those who suffer the consequences of being defrauded. Steve had worked in the police, Border Force and most recently as the Intelligence manager on operation Stovewood (NCA), and understand the importance and value of partnership working when dealing with complex and nationally significant issues requiring to combine ideas efforts. 

Live Q&A: Sterling Crew, Chris Elliot, Clare Menezes and Steve Smith