Morning, Monday, 6th June 2022
This conference is examining latest developments in the novel foods sector in the UK, including CBD products, new sources of protein, and GM crops.
It will be a timely opportunity to discuss key developments including:
- The Benefits of Brexit report - setting out intentions for a review of the UK regulatory framework for novel foods
- the progress of CBD product applications and the release of preliminary FSA authorisations
- ongoing safety assessments for edible insect products
- research and technology developments for cultivated meat and GM crops
Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss options for new approaches to novel food regulation in the UK, along with consumer attitudes, safety and opportunities for innovation. They will also consider how novel foods can address strategic food security challenges.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- the market - key trends ◦ market development ◦ transition to UK regulation ◦ future role of novel foods and processes in the food system ◦ the trading landscape
- regulation - FSA regulation and application processes ◦ regulatory system effectiveness ◦ stakeholder priorities ◦ short and long-term regulatory goals
- innovation - priorities for regulatory frameworks ◦ support ◦ collaboration ◦ flexibility ◦ risk assessment
- consumers - attitudes ◦ priorities ◦ perceptions of novel foods ◦ implications for product development and safety assurance
- food security - the role of novel foods and processes ◦ tackling the emerging issues ◦ alleviating future pressures on food supply ◦ contribution to sustainability in the UK food chain
- key developments - edible insects ◦ cultivated meat ◦ plant-based foods ◦ CBD ◦ GMOs ◦ challenges ◦ opportunities
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Dr Camilla Alexander-White, Chair, The Advisory Committee of Novel Foods and Processes, Food Standards Agency; and Chemical Policy Lead, Royal Society of Chemistry; Paul Tossell, Head of Radiological, GM, Novel Foods and Feed Additives Team, Food Standards Agency; and Professor Martin Warren, Head, Food Innovation and Health Programme, Quadram Institute.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from FSA; Defra; DIT; Food Standards Scotland; DAERA, NI; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland; and the Welsh Government.