Food Safety & Compliance Conference 2019

Meeting regulation, compliance and perception to deliver world-class safe, and high quality food

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair
Victoria Hamilton, Director , Vicki Hamilton and Associates & Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars NZ
Opening address: An in-depth look into New Zealand’s food safety industry
Gareth Hughes MP, MP, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
Reviewing the latest New Zealand Government’s food safety governance guidelines for directors, executives and business owners
  • Why food safety governance matters and impacts on operator verification standards
  • A complete governance checklist for 2019
  • The secret to highly successful teams and its impact on food safety culture - learning for management teams and business owners
Keith Michael, Director & Lead Trainer, Food Safe
Morning break
Legal pitfalls of advertising – learn from others’ mistakes

Regulators have been active over the last few years with enforcement action being taken against companies for various advertising claims being made. Consumers and competitors are also taking more of an interest in the advertising of food products and are more likely to complain. The resulting effect being more legal action in the food advertising space.

  • Advertising food to children
  • Fair Trade claims
  • Biodegradability claims
  • Health Claims
  • Craft claims
  • Using influencers
  • Advertising on social media
Ciska de Rijk, Principal, Essence Compliance
Quality assurance scheme for safe animal feed | NZFMA
  • Understanding the new scheme in place – what do feed manufacturers need to know and comply with?
  • Highlighting the updates in the new scheme
  • Improving practices to adhere to the scheme
Michael Brooks, Executive Director, Poultry Industry Association of New Zealand and New Zealand Feed Manufacturers' Association
Lunch break
Creating trust and delivering authenticity using blockchain in food safety
  • Understanding how blockchain can enable supply chain verification
  • Sharing insights and learnings from the ‘Food Trust Framework’ project
  • Key takeaways - what can food manufacturers and exporters learn and implement
Pam Whitfield, Assurance Marks Manager, AsureQuality
Leveraging IIoT to support food safety and quality
  • The complexity of making data useful at the right place and the right time
  • Utilising advanced analytics to enable real-time data context to inform decision making
  • Including AI and machine learning within your predictive analytic frameworks to identify and solve issues before they arise
Michael Cahill, MES Technical Consultant, Rockwell Automation
Novel continuous and manual sampling methods for beef trim microbiological testing
  • There are limitations of existing beef trim sampling methods (N60, N60+)
  • Sampling effectiveness, repeatability and human factors are drivers behind the research and development of a new beef trim sampling method
  • A new methodology, is approved (by letter of no exception) by USDA; Manual Sampling Device (MSD) and Continuous Sampling Device (CSD)
John Powalisz, Director, Business Development, Sentry Equipment
Afternoon break
Extended session | Traceability insights from GS1
  • Highlighting traceability issues that currently exist in the New Zealand food and beverage industry currently
  • Ensuring effective traceability methods are in play
  • Lessons learnt from overseas  – what are the key takeaways for New Zealand?
  • Product recall – what do you need to know?
Owen Dance, Manager Quality Services, GS1
Joe Drysdale, Manager Product Recall, GS1
Summary remarks from the Chair & Networking Drinks
Victoria Hamilton, Director , Vicki Hamilton and Associates & Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars NZ
Welcome back from the Chair
Victoria Hamilton, Director , Vicki Hamilton and Associates & Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars NZ
What happens when we turn the lights on?

The interest surrounding Agri-Food is intense. The AgTech sector is pumping, and everyone from policy makers to producers to everyday consumers is talking about food, where it comes from and the opportunities that new technologies present. As governments rush to invest into the future of research and innovation, whatever that may look like or be, it is worth considering the current state of play. What do we have? What is the opportunity? And what do we need to do get there? There is no doubt that the flurry of activity has led to hype, which is generated from the proposed intersection of contemporary technology and technology start-ups with one of our oldest industries in agri-food. Whether it be precision agriculture, connectivity or Blockchain, we need to consider if this technology is finding a problem or if it can be developed or modified to deliver a real solution.

This presentation will discuss the premise that transparency is coming to the food chain and in some form or another underpins most of the technological offerings and opportunities we have today. Transparency will not be negotiable, and stakeholders must be proactive in ‘turning the lights on” in order to maintain the confidence of consumers and build trust. It is not a matter of only determining where your food comes from, but understanding how it may have been produced, processed and distributed. Leaving this task to those external to your supply chain could be catastrophic.

This presentation will explore the intersection of technology solutions with compliance requirements, consumer expectations and how transparency is a critical element of building integrity an then in turn trust.

The presentation will take a look at the different technology solutions available, including that offered by Source Certain and demonstrate that technology in its own right will not be a silver bullet and that integrity will come from a combination of technological, technical / scientific and social science approaches.

Cameron Scadding, Managing Director, Source Certain International Pty Ltd
Allergen Risks - A thorough investigation of allergen status of food throughout the manufacturing process
  • Allergen Risk Review - Where do I start?
  • Introducing the Allergen Bureau’s Risk Review website
  • Using allergen risk review to inform your VITAL risk assessment
Debbie Hawkes, General Manager Quality and Operations - ANZ, Hawkins Watts
Morning break
Best practice for digitising in line quality management
  • Best practice processes to supplement Lab Analysis with Inline Measurements
  • Connecting and integrating processes and laboratory measurement technology with business process
  • Enabling quick reactions, eliminating blind spots and increasing quality
Michael Cahill, MES Technical Consultant, Rockwell Automation
Maintaining data integrity in food safety
  • Automating manual data entry process – what are the challenges and benefits?
  • Understanding the parameters in capturing data in a succinct manner
  • Implementing a data strategy that complies with the Food Act 2014
Lunch break
A look into labelling for origin and provenance
  • Understanding the current requirements for food manufacturers and importers around labelling the country and region of origin of foods and their ingredients – including geographical indications
  • Looking ahead to possible changes or challenges on the horizon for origin/provenance labelling
  • Highlighting the risks associated with non-compliance – what are the consequences?
Dr John Barker, Principal, John Barker Law
Threats in the food industry: needles, theft and nutcases

Understand the context of Threat Assessment within the food supply chain & processing plant & the risks associated with malicious contamination within the supply chain.  Some interesting and relevant facts:

  • Food is the number one product stolen when under transportation in the USA. USD$30 Billion + is stolen annually in the USA & then resold on the black/grey markets
  • Zespri has launched a civil case in the Auckland High Court for $30 million damages against the person who allegedly sent plants of its SunGold kiwifruit variety to China
  • Australia 2018 Needles in strawberries: 231 alleged cases of fruit contamination across Australia covering 68 brands, 15 confirmed hoaxes & only 3 brands confirmed as sabotage.
  • Over 3 years of worldwide data, terrorist attacks against the agriculture, food & beverage sectors more than tripled
Clare Winkel, Executive Manager - Technical Solutions, Integrity Compliance Solutions
Case study: Fonterra’s event management learnings
  • Understanding the insights from event deviations.
  • Highlighting the steps taken to remedy the situation and traceability measures put in place going forward
  • Lessons learnt – key takeaways for Fonterra and what other industries can learn
Hardeep Kang, General Manager Food Safety & Quality Global Operations, Fonterra
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of conference
Victoria Hamilton, Director , Vicki Hamilton and Associates & Corporate Affairs Manager, Mars NZ

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