Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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Next steps for novel foods in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 25th April 2024


This conference will examine the future of novel foods in the UK.


Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss next steps for novel food regulation and innovation following the FSA-commissioned Novel Foods Regulatory Framework Review last year.


They will look at the way forward for accelerating FSA novel food approval processes, and opportunities for innovative advances, including alternative proteins, which were supported by the Government in its response to recommendations in Professor Dame Angela McLean’s Pro-Innovation Regulation of Technologies Review for life sciences.


Those attending will assess options for improvement and reform to regulation alongside addressing barriers to innovation in the UK, as well as what can be learned from new international and sectoral approaches to novel food authorisation.


Looking at regulation, delegates will consider approaches to improving efficiency in the system and the risk management process, increasing regulatory resources and infrastructure to accommodate the rising demand for novel food products, and horizon scanning functions to better anticipate future innovation in food production.


In the context of emerging trends in consumer preferences, the agenda will also bring out latest thinking on new food options, supporting developments in food technologies and businesses bringing products to market, food safety and nutritional benefits along with key considerations for food labelling, and the role of novel foods in sustainable diversification of diets.


Further discussion will look at opportunities for the UK in creating conducive market conditions for fostering novel food innovation, utilising novel foods to enhance food security, and a regulatory framework that supports international leadership in maintaining high standards of food safety.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Peter Quigley, Deputy Director of Regulatory Services, FSA; Dr Adrian Charlton, Principal Scientist in Protein Biochemistry and Food Safety, Fera Science; Professor Louise Manning, Professor of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, University of Lincoln; and Teng Yong Low, Director, Risk Assessment and Communications Department, Singapore Food Agency. 


Sessions in the agenda include:

  • novel foods in the UK: examining the future regulatory approach - opportunities for reform - support for industry innovation alongside safety
  • Novel Foods Regulatory Framework Review: assessing recommendations made in the review - options for addressing barriers to innovation - next steps moving forward
  • regulation: options and priorities for standards and improving application processes - enabling innovation whilst ensuring safety - learning from international regulatory approaches
  • food security: opportunities for the sector supporting food security and mitigating supply chain disruptions - improving food system sustainability and adaptation to climate change
  • assessing key developments: emerging consumer trends - technological innovations - learning from international regulatory frameworks to enhance safe approaches towards novel foods in the UK 
  • UK market growth: priorities for policy and the sector - aligning innovation and regulation to bring product launches to the UK - support and guidance for product approval - investment priorities
  • consumer trends: alternative proteins and cultivated meat - edible insects - CBD - genetic modification - next steps for labelling, transparency and health claims
  • policy priorities: support for investment - resources and infrastructure to support research and entrepreneurship into novel foods and the future food system

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Defra; CCC; FSA; FSS; DAERA, NI; DBT; Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Health, ROI; HM Treasury; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Adrian Charlton

Principal Scientist in Protein Biochemistry and Food Safety, Fera Science

Professor Louise Manning

Professor of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, University of Lincoln

Teng Yong Low

Director, Risk Assessment and Communications Department, Singapore Food Agency

Peter Quigley

Deputy Director of Regulatory Services, Food Standards Agency

Keynote Speakers

Teng Yong Low

Director, Risk Assessment and Communications Department, Singapore Food Agency

Professor Louise Manning

Professor of Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, University of Lincoln

Peter Quigley

Deputy Director of Regulatory Services, Food Standards Agency

Dr Adrian Charlton

Principal Scientist in Protein Biochemistry and Food Safety, Fera Science

Chair

Rt Hon David Mundell MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Nutrition for Development

Speakers

Katrina Anderson

Principal Associate Director, Mills & Reeve

Taly Dvorkis

Legal Director, Fieldfisher

Keiran Whitaker

Founder and CEO, Entocycle

Aveek Bhattacharya

Interim Director, The Social Market Foundation

Emma Lewis

Chief Product and Commercial Officer, Ivy Farm Technologies

Dana Wilson

Senior Policy Officer, Coller Foundation

Paul Finnegan

Founder and CEO, Naturecan UK

John-Felipe Murphy

Programme Manager, The Alternative Proteins Association

Seth Roberts

Policy Manager, The Good Food Institute Europe