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This conference examined proposals for a more transparent food system following the Government Food Strategy published last year, which announced the launch of the Food Data Transparency Partnership (FDTP).
It was an opportunity to discuss latest developments, next steps and key issues for implementing consistent reporting on environmental sustainability, and voluntary reporting on public health and nutrition, across the food industry.
Delegates discussed priorities for the FDTP and for stakeholders across the supply chain, including issues around metrics, standardisation and data collection, support that may be required, and how data collected can best be used to improve the food system.
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Lindsay Roome, Head, Food Data Transparency Partnership, Defra; Sean Povey, Deputy Director, Diet, Obesity and Healthy Behaviours, DHSC; Julie Pierce, Director of Information and Science, Food Standards Agency; and Chris Tyas, Chair, GS1 UK.
With particularly strong interest among government and regulators for this conference, it was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the Cabinet Office; CCC; CMA; DAERA, NI; DAFM, ROI; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; DESNZ; DHSC; DWP; FCDO; FSA; FSS; GLD; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.
Overall, areas for discussion included:
- the Food Data Transparency Partnership: priorities and the role of the FDTP in improving healthiness of food and working to meet net zero targets
- metrics and definitions: establishing metrics which can be implemented effectively by industry and utilised as a basis for future interventions
- standardisation: developing a collaborative approach towards standardised data collection across the supply chain
- consumers: understanding and incorporating consumer priorities when creating guidelines for transparent and understandable food labelling
- stakeholder support: tailored support required for consistent implementation across different sectors, and alignment with current voluntary reporting
- data use moving forward: how food data will be used and actioned