LEAF Annual Conference: Safe and Sound? Food - Protection, Security and Defence

The LEAF Annual Conference took place on Tuesday 20th November at the Barclays in London. This unique and intimate opportunity was for farmers, the food chain, researchers and agricultural industry as well as government officials to discuss and learn from each other about the current state of food defence.

Date: Tuesday 20th November 2018 - 9:15am - 15:30pm

Location: Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HP 

What are the risks, solutions and opportunities for a more resilient food & farming system?

As consumers we expect our food to be safe and readily available.  We also believe our food is what it claims to be.  However, the food supply chain is becoming increasingly complex.   Our food supply is vulnerable to growing incidences across the globe of ‘food fraud’, ‘food crime’ and ‘misrepresentation’, such as through buying cheap food, unclear provenance or incorrect labelling.

Increasingly, we are seeing ground breaking developments and strategies in the field of food integrity, safety, quality, authenticity and traceability, ranging from the importance of best practice, risk management and assurance systems to DNA testing and artificial intelligence.

The LEAF Annual Conference was a unique opportunity for farmers, those in the food chain, researchers and industry representatives, as well as government officials to discuss and learn from each other about the current state of food protection, security and defence in the UK and across the globe. The event was designed to raise the discussion around the risks of intentional and unintentional contamination and vulnerability to our food supplies, thus reducing economic losses from natural disasters and/or other incidents that may cause product recalls and decreased consumer confidence in their food and other agricultural products. Attendees enjoyed a variety of sessions, networking opportunities and informed discussion geared specifically at reducing the impact of food system vulnerability, attacks and catastrophic events on our food supply chains. 

Speakers' Presentations

Setting the Scene - Philip Wynn, LEAF Chairman

Building Our Defence - Professor Guy Poppy, Chief Scientific Adviser, Food Standards Agency

Watching Out - Minette Batters, President, National Farmers’ Union

Our Daily Bread - Food for Thought - Brian Irwin, Chairman, Irwin’s Bakery Northern Ireland

Managing Risks and Ensuring Quality - Andy Mitchell, Category Technical Manager, Sainsbury’s

Photo gallery

To view the live commentary from the event click here.