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Next steps for novel foods in the UK - regulation, innovation and market development

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.



Keynote Speakers

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

Team Leader, Novel Foods and Radiological Policy Team, Food Standards Agency

Professor Martin Warren

Head, Food Innovation and Health Programme, Quadram Institute

Keynote Speakers

Professor Martin Warren

Head, Food Innovation and Health Programme, Quadram Institute

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

Team Leader, Novel Foods and Radiological Policy Team, Food Standards Agency

Speakers

Laurra Davis

Founder & Creative Director, Brilliant Agency

Gideon Skinner

Research Director, Public Affairs, Ipsos UK

Aaron Thomas

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Yum Bug

Marisa Heath

Chief Executive, Plant-based Food Alliance

Professor Cristobal Uauy

Group Leader, Designing Future Wheat, Genes in the Environment, John Innes Centre

Sian Edmunds

Partner, Burges Salmon

Dr Russ Tucker

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Ivy Farm Technologies

Dr Sarah Gaunt

Associate, Global Regulatory Services

Paul Finnegan

Founder & Product Director, Naturecan