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Sunderland to host first International Food Safety Culture Conference

The first International Food Safety Culture Conference is set to take place at the University of Sunderland on 4 September.

Global experts from academia and industry will gather for the first International Food Safety Culture Conference, providing organisations from sole traders to multi-national businesses, with in-depth knowledge, theories, values and beliefs that impact on food safety culture within an organisation.

The University of Sunderland is a leading academic research institution in the area of food safety and will welcome a range of guest speakers including representatives from Greggs, ASDA, Northumbria Water and the British Retail Consortium.

The keynote speech will be delivered by doctor Chris Griffiths who has been involved in food safety research and training for more than 40 years. He has been awarded numerous international awards including the International Food Safety Leadership Award.

The one-day conference will also include case studies from academics, accreditation organisations, retailers and manufacturers that have researched, supported and implemented food safety culture programmes covering the issues they faced as well as the benefits.

The conference has been organised as a joint collaboration between totrain, a North East based training business specialising in food safety, and University of Sunderland’s senior lecturer in business, law and tourism, doctor Derek Watson.

Watson has been investigating how food industry manufacturers can develop a positive food safety culture by adopting his globally recognised food safety business model ‘Enlighten’, which puts their own business practices under the microscope and lays the foundations to run more effectively and efficiently.

Watson said: “There are many illnesses and deaths linked to food safety, therefore it’s critical from a moral standpoint that organisations ensure, as far as is reasonably practical, that they develop a positive food safety culture, so there is compliance.”

The International Food Safety Culture Conference will take place in the Prospect Building at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus, at St Peter’s.

Book your place here.