Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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Novel foods in the UK - innovation and safety, sustainable food production and the evolving regulatory landscape

February 2020

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This conference focuses on the regulatory landscape and market prospects for new and emerging novel foods.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The regulation of foods that are emerging or newly classified as novel foods - as well as latest developments;
  • The role of novel food methods in producing sustainable food and next steps for addressing food system challenges;
  • The regulatory response to new product developments in food, nutrition, and health - including the impact of Brexit; and
  • Priorities for driving forward innovation and research looking at the potential of novel foods in meeting demand for increased production of healthy food.

It comes with:

  • An independent review being carried out for Defra as part of the development of a National Food Strategy looking at challenges such as food security and utilising technology;
  • Proposals in the European Parliament for plant-based products to be banned from using meat designations;
  • Insect food products receiving novel food status and requiring approval from January 2020; and
  • The Food Standards Agency’s recent confirmation that cannabinoids (CBD) foods in the UK will need pre-market authorisation and companies will have to follow novel food processes following the European Commission’s update earlier this year to classify products including CBD as novel, as a history of consumption cannot be demonstrated.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Professor Peter Gregory, Chair, Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes;
  • Ruth Willis, Regulated Products Risk Assessment Team Leader, Food Standards Agency; and
  • Kathryn Miller, Innovation Lead, Food and Nutrition, Innovate UK.

Further speakers include: Sam Jennings, Institute of Food Science and Technology; Professor Huw Jones, Aberystwyth University; and Sharon Morey, Campden BRI - as well as Sian Edmunds, Burges Salmon; Mike Harlington, Cannabis Trades Association; Dr Nick Rousseau, Woven Network.

The agenda

  • Emerging trends in novel foods;
  • The potential for novel foods - priorities for research and innovation;
  • Managing the introduction of new and emerging novel foods - food safety, the use of descriptors, and developing a regulatory framework;
  • The role of novel food methods in producing sustainable food and addressing wider food system challenges;
  • Novel food regulation post-Brexit - convergence, opportunities, and priorities:
    • The evolving European regulatory landscape;
    • Opportunities for novel foods from biotechnology;
    • Food sector innovation, safety assurance and market access; and
    • Nutritional health claims in novel foods - latest developments.
  • Next steps for novel food regulation in the UK.

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials from BEIS; CCC; Defra; DFID; DHSC; DIT; Food Standards Agency and the Welsh Government.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles