Morning, Tuesday, 24th November 2020
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss the future for food labelling in the UK.
Key areas for discussion include:
- Emerging issues - in areas such as: front of pack, the hospitality sector, and online food labelling.
- Developments in key areas - including: allergens, country of origin, infant nutrition, alcohol, and sugar and calories.
- Future food labelling policy and regulation in the UK - at the end of the transition period and as new international trading relationships are established:
- the use of geographical indicators and origin labels;
- health marks and health claims;
- organic standards; and
- the UK’s internal market and wider trade agreements.
- The COVID-19 pandemic - the sector’s response and approach to supporting food supply,
The discussion in detail:
- The end of the transition period - and what it means for food and drink businesses, including:
- the impact of future trade deals on what the UK can do with its food labelling going forward,
- opportunities and challenges of any divergence, and
- what any potential changes mean for UK food and drink businesses including:
- the impact of any changes on health marks and claims, origin labelling, organic standards and geographical indicators, and
- what any deviation from EU harmonisation means for products sold in Northern Ireland.
- Reform to front of pack (FOPL) and other areas of labelling - looking at options and implications for consumers and the food and drink sector, including:
- products sold both within and outside the UK internal market,
- allergen labelling and protection for consumers, and
- particular areas of focus including: calories and sugar, infant nutrition, alcohol, and novel food products.
- Out of home, looking at:
- issues for the hospitality industry - as they also deal with restrictions and new procedures put in place as part of the response to COVID-19, and
- a case study on labelling for products destined for catering, that were diverted to retail when needed during the COVID-19 pandemic - how the UK adapted its approach.
- Online - priorities for improving the labelling of food and drink products online and protecting consumers, with the UK due to present an international standard for online sales to the Codex Committee on Food Labelling later this year.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
- The Government committing to reviewing food labelling if needed after the transition period;
- Natasha’s law - requiring food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packed for direct sale foods;
- Following the Prevention Green Paper and calls from PHE for clearer labelling of baby food and drink, the Government signalling its intention to examine the marketing and labelling of infant food;
- With the UK due to propose later this year an international standard for online sales to the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL).
- Current and emerging issues for front of pack labelling;
- Ensuring consumer safety - improving food standards and implementing ‘Natasha’s law’;
- Case study - adapting labelling guidance to support flexibility in the food chain during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Challenges for food labelling in the UK - developments in country of origin, allergen, infant nutrition, calorie and sugar labelling;
- Developing an international standard for food labelling online;
- Food labelling and the future trading relationships - geographical indicators, health marks and claims, organic standards and impact on the UK internal market; and
- The future for food labelling in the UK.
Policy officials attending:
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees at this conference to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from the Department of Health and Social Care and other relevant Departments, public health professionals, representatives of the food and drink industry, including manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers, local government officials, representatives of the dietetic and pharmaceutical industries, academics and commentators, legal and financial advisors, and charities and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference