Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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The future for food labelling in the UK - safety, clarity, and future trading relationships

Morning, Tuesday, 24th November 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the future for food labelling in the UK.

Key areas for discussion include:

  • emerging issues - looking at front of pack, the hospitality sector, and online food labelling
  • developments in key areas - including: allergens, country of origin, infant nutrition, sustainability, alcohol, and sugar and calories
  • future food labelling policy and regulation in the UK - at the end of the Brexit 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
    • 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

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
  • 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
    • what any deviation from EU harmonisation means for products sold in Northern Ireland
  • implications of new food labelling powers for Scotland and Wales with the UK Government releasing its internal market white paper, including costs for suppliers that could arise from potential differences in food labelling requirements between nations

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
  • clarity of labelling to address health inequalities
  • particular areas of focus including: calories and sugar, infant nutrition, alcohol, and novel food products

Out of home

  • 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
  • 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


  • 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
  • Concerns around the potential impact a US trade deal could have on food labelling regulations in the UK
  • Natasha’s law - requiring food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packed for direct sale foods
  • Calls for compulsory food and drink labelling regulations for all food manufacturers and retailers from the Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment’s Hungry for Change: fixing the failures in food report
  • 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

The agenda:

  • Current and emerging issues for front of pack labelling
  • Ensuring consumer safety - improving food standards and implementing ‘Natasha’s law’ - with Rebecca Sudworth, Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency
  • 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, sugar and sustainability labelling
  • Developing an international standard for food labelling online
  • Food labelling and the future trading relationships - geographical indicators, health mark’s and claims, organic standards and impact on the UK internal market
  • The future for food labelling in the UK - with Rob Wells, Head of Food Information to Consumers Labelling (domestic), Agri-Food Chain Directorate, Defra

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This one looks no different. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament, and officials from Defra; DHSC; the Food Standards Agency; the National Food Crime Unit; the Department for International Trade; DFID; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs - Northern Ireland; Food Standards Scotland; the Government Legal Department; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

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

Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Sudworth

Director of Policy, Food Standards Agency

Rob Wells

Head of Food Information to Consumers Labelling (domestic), Agri-Food Chain Directorate, Defra

Sam Jennings

Director, Berry Ottaway & Associates


Nigel Mills MP


David Pickering

Lead Officer Food & Nutrition, Chartered Trading Standards Institute

Carla Jones

CEO, Allergy UK

Mhairi Brown

Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator, Action in Salt & Action on Sugar

Sian Edmunds

Partner, Burges Salmon

Steve Pugh

MD, Food Labelling Consultants

Dr David Lloyd-Thomas

Head of Food Policy & Strategy Unit, Department for Natural Resources, Welsh Government

Nick Soper

Director, Soper Consulting

Sue Davies

Strategic Policy Advisor, Which?

Isabelle Kelly

Sustainable Development Manager, Quorn Foods