Food Safety & Compliance Conference
Creating market access & competitive advantage through world-class safe food
19 - 20 Mar 2018Hilton, Auckland
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
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.
New Zealand has a reputation for being an innovator across primary industries, and this is applied to develop our food safety systems. Research innovations have allowed for our food safety practice to go from good to world class. What are the latest innovations in food safety testing and R&D and how are these impacting food safety culture across the country?
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?
- 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?
- 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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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.
- Understanding Vulnerability
- Complex Supply Chains & Batch Tracing Capabilities
- Most common fraudulent food types
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.
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.
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
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.
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