Food Safety & Compliance Conference 2018

Creating market access & competitive advantage through world-class safe food

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Victoria Hamilton, Director , Vicki Hamilton and Associates & Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars NZ
Table Challenge
Food safety and international relations: export, compliance and defense
Food safety and compliance: enhancing international reputation to support trade and market access

As the export market is becoming increasingly more competitive, it is essential that NZ continues to provide high quality and safe food to ensure its reputation with our key trading partners is maintained and enhanced.

  • Overcoming challenges utilising science and evidence to decision making in the regulatory and market access environment
  • Understanding consumer and market perceptions and the mitigation of both real and perceived risks
  • Fostering collaboration across national and international boundaries to develop trust and raises the reputation of national food safety systems
Professor Nigel French, Centre Director, Massey University
Keynote: Cultivating trust, inside and out: the responsibility of delivering safe, quality food to NZ and the world

New Zealand is renowned for its world-leading food safety systems. In recent years many of those systems have been put to the test with a number of high profile events, including precautionary recalls and food security threats, alongside a world of changing customer and consumer expectations. As New Zealand’s largest food producer and exporter, Fonterra has focussed on strengthening its food safety and quality systems and culture. Greg McCullough, Fonterra’s Director of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs will share key aspects of this story with you; how the business has turned its eye to these challenges and through an emphasis on building trust inside and out, has transformed the Co-operative.

Greg McCullough, Group Director - Food Safety and Quality, Fonterra
Morning break
Food safety culture: Contributing to brand confidence, responsiblilty and compliance
Food safety culture is an essential part of the industry contributing to brand confidence, responsible and compliance. Current approach requires management by pen and paper record, a practice that dates to when food safety plans were first introduced. In a world governed by technology, cloud-based food safety plans are an inevitability. iMonitor Ltd has moved food safety plans to the cloud and have integrated this with automated real-time monitoring.
A result of this is increased visibility for all members of the organisation. The data empowers all and helps bring a cultural shift within the business. Alongside the tangible benefits of reduced human error, the efficient use of staff time, improved reaction times to food safety risks and advancement of manufacturing processes become the drivers to reinforce this change. This extends to inter-organisation interactions, especially with regulatory bodies where the increased transparency hastens compliance. A recent application in the manufacturing vertical is presented.
Shakeel Ahmed, Food Scientist & Quality Assurance, iMonitor Group
Panel discussion: International trends in food safety and their impact on NZ food safety standards

Food safety technology is improving, which is allowing for increased traceability and transparency around food and its origins. As a result, there are greater expectations from trade partners and consumers that are putting pressure on the food safety system.

  • Identifying the key players changing the face of food safety - who to look out for
  • Global megatrends in food safety - what is their impact on NZ food practice and how long does it take to affect us?
Professor Nigel French, Centre Director, Massey University
Brian Astridge, Group Technical Services Manager, Tegel Foods
Nerolie Dever, Quality System Manager, Sanitarium
Hon David Bennett, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East, Spokesperson for Food Safety
Get your labels right, from the get go!

Zubi is a cloud-based food label calculator, which allows you to store ingredient and product information online. Use Zubi to calculate label details, with real-time updating of NIP, ingredient listing and allergens. During this session you’ll get a very quick overview of how Zubi works and hear about the different aspects Zubi’s functionality from real customers. To finish, we’ll tell the story of how The Griffins Food Company came to use Zubi.

Alana Srubar-Vernon, Business Development Manager, Zubi
Lunch break
Compliance and regulation in food safety
“Country of origin” food labelling in NZ
  • The introduction of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill has placed this issue onto the legislative agenda
  • What are the arguments for and against country of origin labelling?
  • What are the likely issues and outcomes of the current Bill?
John Barker, Principal, John Barker Law
International trends in food data and traceability
Suppliers are being required to provide more and more information and on products in the New Zealand market and often provide traceability data or prove the authenticity of products for export markets. The digital world expects information as a basic currency of any online transaction and it must be accurate. This has raised many challenges for supply chain systems. These include how retailers trust supplier claims, keeping digital and physical labels up to date and exporters, provide certification and traceability data to regulators to gain market access. 
  • Looking into the drivers of this insatiable demand for information: Who wants traceability anyway?
  • Understanding data trends: standardisation, rationalisation and future application
  • So what? The implications of traceability for New Zealand food safety systems
Nick Allison, General Manager Government, GS1
Technical claims around nutrition and qualities of food

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of statements on food, and as a result, the regulations are tightening to ensure that technical claims in nutrition and food qualities are accurate.

  • Unveiling nutrition content claims - common miscommunications and more challenging aspects of compliance
  • Looking into the Health Star rating system and the standard for high-quality, nutritious food
  • Fair trade claims and international regulations
Ciska de Rijk, Principal, Essence Compliance
Afternoon break
Investigating food recalls - Innovation in detection and quality systems

As consumers are becoming more vocal about food recalls, there is a greater need for innovative food safety and quality detection systems. Developments in product inspection technologies is paramount to detect foreign bodies in food products (glass, plastic, metal) to decrease food recalls, protect brands and keep consumers safe.

  • Understanding the key food recalls causes in NZ
  • Delving into compliance and regulatory standards with contaminants in food
  • Highlighting technological innovations within food detection
James Drougas, Sales & Marketing Manager - Industrial Process, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Combatting food fraud: Authenticity and transparency in food production

New developments in technology and a growing awareness around the consumer expectation for authentic food is highlighting ongoing issues in New Zealand around food fraud.

  • Creating clarity throughout the supply chain to identify food fraud occurrences
  • Utilising new technologies to provide greater transparency throughout the supply chain
Ray Haddad, Food Safety trainer and Auditor, AsureQuality
Pam Whitfield, Assurance Marks Manager, AsureQuality
Summary remarks from the Chair & networking drinks
Welcome back from the Chair
Victoria Hamilton, Director , Vicki Hamilton and Associates & Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars NZ
Exceptional food safety throughout the primary sector
Food safety throughout the supply chain

Food safety is most effective when viewed as a system impacting the entire supply chain, ensuring that each part of the food process maintains high standards from farm to fork. Where are the opportunities to develop New Zealand’s food story for high-quality, safe food?

  • The nature of the supply chain: farm to fork and everything in between
  • Strategies to capture value across the value chain and produce high-quality food
  • Relaying value from the supply chain to the consumer - gaining advantage from high-quality food exports
Jodie Campbell, Programme Director, OpenSeas
Case study: Global food safety - compliance, market access and reaching international standards for trade
  • Implementation of FSSC 22000 standards and how this aligns with international customer requirements
  • OMAR Listing audits for market access
  • Management commitment, engagement and continuous improvement
Justin Wilson, Compliance Manager, Bakels Edible Oils
Morning break
Safe chicken - safety from farm to fork

Perceived as a high-risk food by consumers for many years, this presentation will outline the "farm to fork" approach taken by the poultry industry to control the two major pathogens - Salmonella & Campylobacter - including the impact of these actions on public health.

Roy Biggs, Director, Biggs Food Consultancy Ltd
Supply Chain Integrity – Food Fraud: The Top 10 Most Wanted
  • Understanding Vulnerability
  • Complex Supply Chains & Batch Tracing Capabilities
  • Most common fraudulent food types
Clare Winkel, Executive Manager– Technical Solutions, Integrity Compliance Solutions
Managing contamination in seafood and aquaculture

As one of New Zealand’s core primary industries, the risk of contamination and unsafe seafood is a key concern for those within the aquaculture sector. As food recalls for seafood have affected the country, Richard North addresses the factors contributing to unsafe seafood and the imperative to more closely monitor contamination.

Richard North, General Manager Supply Chain, Sealord
Lunch break
Engaging with your staff on food safety - tips for a high performing organisation

Responsibility for safe food must be shared throughout an organisation and it can be challenging to engage staff on a technical issue of compliance. Hear from one of New Zealand’s beverage producers on how they work to ensure buy-in from their staff and greater transparency for a highly effective food safety system.

Luciana Fumeo, Quality Assurance Manager, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ
The social impact of a food recall - food safety in the digital era

In a world dominated by social media, the impact on your brand when dealing with a food recall can be significant.

  • Food recall versus customer complaint - is there a difference on social?
  • Working to identify key issues as a scare happens - building trust and reliability with your consumer
  • Reputation management - how to ensure your brand is not damaged after a food recall
  • Creating a strong relationship with your customers - establishing value and open communication
Antoinette Laird, Head of External Relations, Foodstuffs New Zealand
Afternoon break
Consumer trend: Keeping food safe, sustainable and socially responsible

There is a growing consumer trend to prefer food that has been grown sustainably in an environmentally responsible manner. Roger Belton presents a case study on how to balance the challenges of providing sustainable, safe food that delivers a strong ROI.

Roger Belton, Managing Director & Owner, Southern Clams
Developing a smarter more transparent system - quality for companies in the future

The future of food safety is changing. The implementation of new technology and more reliable systems is creating greater transparency around the food value chain, which creates both challenge and opportunity for food producers.

  • Delving into the impact of new technologies: AI, blockchain and automation for food safety practice
  • Understanding the impact of a more transparent food system
  • Getting the culture right - shifting mindset around food safety
Keith Michael, Director & Lead Trainer, Food Safe
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
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