12 June 2024

09:00 - 13:00

6th Floor 10 Bloomsbury Way, LONDON, United Kingdom, WC1A 2SL

Join us for our Food Safety Networking Event on 12 June for the opportunity to hear about the challenges of ensuring UK food is safe and authentic. Learn more about UK food safety and authenticity from a range of industry experts.

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Guest speakers include:

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Professor Chris Elliott, Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast.

Chris has published more than 550 peer review articles relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental related contaminants. Chris led the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal. He now acts as a Scientific Advisor for a range of United Nations Agencies, governments and industries on a range of food security topics.

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Selvarani Elahi MBE, UK Deputy Government Chemist, LGC.

Selvarani has over 25 years’ experience in food and agricultural analysis working across a variety of policy areas to improve standards in measurement science. Selvarani is the Executive Director of the Food Authenticity Network and was part of a three-person team that undertook a Review of the National Food Crime Unit. She is the Chair of Defra’s Authenticity Methods Working Group and is part of the UK delegation for some Codex and CEN committees.

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Helen Sisson, fiin Co-Chair & Group Technical Director, 2 Sisters Food Group.

Helen has been in the food industry for over 30 years and currently leads the Technical, Health & Safety, Sustainability and Agriculture functions. In this role Helen directs the strategy and governance for each of the functions. She also currently sits on several external panels, including membership of the BRCGS International Advisory Board, Modern Slavery Intelligence Network Board and IGD Technical Leadership Forum. 

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Helen Grundy, Science Lead in Food Authenticity, Fera.

Helen is a protein biochemist by training with over 20 years of experience in developing methods to identify proteins in composite food products and in crops. As the Science Lead in Food Authenticity, Helen’s major interest is in food integrity, and she has 20 years of experience in developing methods to identify proteins and peptides which denote adulteration of food.



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Peter Winstanley, BSc Biology, MSc Food Science, Head of Technical – Food Integrity & Responsible Sourcing, Bakkavor

With experience working for Thorntons and Tesco, and in New Zealand, Peter has since held senior leadership roles through his career in Bakkavor where he sets the governance for materials purchased to ensure they are safe, legal, free from fraud and adulteration, and are sourced responsibly.


There will be the opportunity to network over lunch with industry colleagues and FDF’s Food Regulatory team. This event is targeted at Regulatory Affairs Managers and Directors within FDF membership.
09:15 - 09:45: Arrivals, Tea and Coffee
09:45 - 09:55: Welcome from FDF -  Alex Turtle, Head of Regulatory Affairs, FDF
09:55 - 10:30: Key note speaker: Professor Chris Elliott OBE
Challenges of ensuring UK food is safe and authentic
Q&A discussion
10:30 - 11:00: Break
11:00 - 11:55: Industry experts
Food Authenticity Network - Selvarani Elahi MBE
Food Industry Intelligence Network - Helen Sisson
Fera Science - Helen Grundy
Industry Case Study - Peter Winstanley
Q&A discussion
12:00:  Close - Alex Turtle, Head of Regulatory Affairs, FDF
12:00 - 13:00: Networking lunch
13:00:  Event finishes 
Timings are approximate and subject to change.