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This conference focused on the way forward for food and drink labelling in the UK.
It was an opportunity to examine priorities and assess next steps, with new political leadership in government and past indications of a major reassessment of policy relating to food and health.
Overall, sessions in the agenda brought out latest thinking on:
- policy: the landscape for food and drink labelling in the UK - issues for the food and drink industry - priorities for consumers and public health
- key developments: nutritional labels and in-store restrictions - production standards - transparency and traceability - allergy labelling and consumer safety
- out-of-home settings: consumer responses to calorie labelling - impact on the sector - priorities going forward
- innovation: next steps for clarity and transparency - keeping pace with new products and priorities - supporting consumer choice, health, standards, and waste reduction
- the global context: country-of-origin rules - quality and product traceability - environment and animal welfare standards - future trade deals - government policy under the new PM
- international commercial agreements: priorities for trade partnerships - coordination of food and drink standards - prospects for consistent labelling requirements
We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Jim Cathcart, Policy Director, UKHospitality; Professor Eleonora Fichera, Deputy Head of Department and Chair in Applied Economics, University of Bath; and Glen Neal, General Manager, Risk Management & Intelligence, Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside parliamentary pass holders from The House of Commons - as well as key policy officials who attended from Defra; DAERA, NI; DHSC; Food Standards Scotland; the Scottish Government Legal Directorate; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.