2020 Food Safety, Risk and Compliance Conference

Achieving world class food safety and compliance systems through sustainable practices

10 - 11 Mar 2020Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
Event Details
separately bookable workshops
Workshop 1: Organic food safety standards compliance for import/export of organic products
09 March 2020 | 1.00pm - 4.30pm
The global organic market offers a NZ$150 Billion opportunity for New Zealand companies able to access them.  How can a company access those markets?

 In this workshop you will learn:

  • What markets are available for New Zealand products
  • How existing certifications can be leveraged to meet the market requirements for key markets
  • Ministry for Primary Industries export programme to regulated markets
  • The Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP) regulatory requirements for export and how it unlocks the highest value-added market for food
  • Key issues in meeting market access requirements of the country being exported to, where not covered under the OOAP
  • How to access the unregulated markets for cosmetics, food, textiles, and personal care and how consumer expectations have never been more focused on principles inherent in certified organic products
  • Will changing societal expectations towards organic products continue to drive organic production changes?

Donald Nordeng



BioGro New Zealand is the leading organic certifier in New Zealand. Founded in 1983, it currently certifies more than 75% of all certified organic operations in New Zealand and more than 85% of all organic exports. BioGro’s challenge is to grow the market for organic products in New Zealand. Donald joined BioGro in January 2015. He brings significant and diverse experience to the growing company. Hailing from Wisconsin, USA, Donald has spent over two decades working across Japan’s organic sector, including Daabon Organic, Ecocert & QAI. He is currently Vice Chair of the Organic Exporters Association of NZ. Donald’s international experience is a significant driver of his strong vision for New Zealand organics.

Workshop 2: Exporting food - navigating the regulatory maze
12 March 2020 | 9.00am - 12.30pm

Understanding and complying with overseas market requirements must be a core part of your product development if your product is to be cleared for import into your destination market.  At this workshop you’ll get an overview of the broad picture, together with a roadmap to help you navigate your products export regulatory journey.  It will be useful to product developers and manufacturers of food, beverages, dietary supplements or pet food, who are new to export or wanting to export to new markets.

  • Planning for export success - how will you approach the sometimes bewildering maze of regulatory requirements when countries all have their own minefield of laws, regulations and agencies you’ll need to deal with?   
  • NZ regulatory framework and how this applies to export - if your product complies with New Zealand requirements, will it then be straightforward to send it overseas?  
  • Using the Export Regulatory Roadmap to guide product development
  • How does regulatory compliance apply to online trading?

Kathy Lloyd

Founder & Lead Consultant

Waka Kuaka

With a focus on exports, Kathy has over 20 years working in specialist areas of regulation in the food, animal product, production sectors - including over 10 years negotiating bilateral food safety and animal health standards with overseas markets. After graduating in both social science and veterinary science, Kathy worked in animal and food science regulatory roles and worked for New Zealand’s Food Safety Authority (now Food Safety New Zealand, part of Ministry for Primary Industries). Kathy’s wide experience working in regulatory and market access roles gives her an appreciation of the challenges and change that our food sector has to grapple with. She served as a Market Access Counsellor for 11 years, after working as an animal product export verifier, engaging with both industries, standard-setters and policy-makers as well as with trade officials, government regulators and importers in South East Asia and North America. She has a vast amount of experience researching, negotiating, publishing and clarifying government export and market access standards, as well as successfully managing many official audits by overseas regulators. Her work has focused on a wide range of overseas markets including the EU, Russia, USA, Mexico, Caribbean, and South East Asia. Kathy has been involved in providing training and mentoring in a wide range of areas including export food standards, electronic export health certification, regulation of halal food certification, market access negotiation and animal welfare investigation & enforcement and veterinary nursing. All of these roles have involved working with people, many from diverse backgrounds and cultures.



Workshop 3: Allergen management - theory to best practice
12 March 2020 | 1.30pm - 5.00pm

The incidence of food allergy is on the rise globally and food allergens continue to be a major cause of recalls internationally. This workshop will look at the issues behind the statics and provide an insight into the practicalities of allergen management.   No matter where you are in the food web, the issues and tools provided in the workshop will assist you in meeting the food allergen management challenge.

  • Consider global regulations and learn why the differences have an impact on the domestic environment
  • Discuss case studies and look at the reality behind the recalls and learn from industry experience
  • Production point of view - from agricultural impact, facility design to finished product and pack claims  
  • Review allergen analysis - its application and limitations and its place in allergen management
  • Learn how to identify your business risks and to address them with the appropriate controls to improve production and reduce consumer risk  
  • Examine the suite of tools available to support the industry
  • Reflect on what best practice allergen management looks like in your facility  
  • Consider the future and the likely challenges that will influence food allergen management

Robin Sherlock


Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management Pty Ltd (Australia)

Robin Sherlock is Director of Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management, and provides risk reviews, analytical advice, consultation and training to the food industry. Rob’s background is in medical laboratory science and she has nearly 20 years’ experience in food science, collaborating with food producers, retailers, food service and caterers, hospitals and regulators to establish robust allergen management tools and programs to reduce risk for both industry and allergic consumers. Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management is an Allergen Bureau endorsed VITAL® Training Provider. Rob has extensive experience in the area of food allergen analysis, has participated in a number of international technical groups and contributed to a range of publications on food allergen analysis, allergen management challenges and industry based best practice for allergen management. She was part of the working group which was instrumental in the development of the VITAL ® program and several core Allergen Bureau publications and tools. She was Vice-President of the Board of The Allergen Bureau and continues her work with the Allergen Bureau as Technical Advisor (Analysis) as well as her role as Education and CPD Manager for the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).




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