Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Novel foods in the UK - innovation and safety, sustainable food production and the evolving regulatory landscape

February 2020

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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates