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This conference examined latest developments in the novel foods sector in the UK, including CBD products, new sources of protein, and GM crops.
It was a timely opportunity to discuss developments including:
- The Benefits of Brexit report and next steps for reviewing the UK regulatory framework for novel foods
- CBD product applications and the release of preliminary FSA authorisations
- edible insect products safety assessments
- cultivated meat and GM crop research, technology developments and commercialisation
Stakeholders and policymakers discussed options for new approaches to novel food regulation in the UK, along with consumer attitudes, safety and opportunities for innovation. They also considered the role of novel foods in addressing strategic food security challenges.
Overall, areas for discussion included:
- the market - key trends - market developments - transition to UK regulation - future role of novel foods & processes in the food system - the trading landscape - challenges to traditional food products
- 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 - gene editing technology
- key developments - edible insects - cultivated meat - plant-based foods - CBD - GMOs - challenges - opportunities
We are pleased to have been 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 was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from FSA; Defra; DIT; Food Standards Scotland; DAERA, NI; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Ireland; POST; and the Welsh Government.