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Wednesday 10th, November 2021.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) invite you to join us at our upcoming joint conference this November. This event will be hosted virtually to allow online participation. The conference will be delivered in English, with simultaneous interpretation or subtitles available in French and Spanish.

Food safety challenges and climate change

With the UK hosting the 26th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November, this is a unique opportunity to bring together regulators, food and feed scientists, consumer groups, industry experts, and academics from across the food system to discuss how we respond to the challenges we face.

Ensuring food is safe is our overarching priority. Safeguarding this and simultaneously responding to changes to industry practice to increase the sustainability of food production will need a multifaceted approach and everyone has a role.

Action on climate change will require changes across the food supply chain – from production, packaging and marketing to messages to consumers around dietary choices, the effects will be seen across the whole system.

An international panel of experts

The conference will bring together a network of representatives from regulators, food industry, academia and public health from across the world.

On the day

This event will be of interest to industry and regulators alike. We have a full agenda with a mixture of keynote speakers, panel sessions and Q&As. Subjects will range from understanding regulators’ role within the sustainability landscape; how we can work closely to understand what businesses need from regulators; the role that new technology plays and the impact this has on approvals and authorisations.

This is an opportunity to share your own expertise, best practice, and connect with counterparts in our dedicated virtual chat room that can be accessed by all event attendees.

We hope you can be part of the discussion.

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference in November, which as an experienced professional in one or more of the above areas, we’re sure you’ll find to be of great interest.

How to join us at the Conference

You can register your attendance using our online web form

In keeping with the theme of sustainability and to reflect ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions, this event will be a virtual forum.

We recommend you act now to register to avoid disappointment as places will be limited.

We recommend using the email address to which your invitation has been sent when registering, for the simplest and fastest user experience.

Feel free to pass this invite link onto your colleagues who you think would value attending.

If you have any queries regarding the conference or the registration process, please do not hesitate to contact our joint conference team at

About the FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is the independent government department working to protect public health and consumers’ wider interests in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Established in 2000 following several high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness, our mission is food we can trust.

Our work not only protects people but also reduces the economic burden of foodborne illness and supports the UK economy and trade by ensuring that our food has a strong reputation for safety and authenticity in the UK and abroad.

We are responsible for the systems that regulate food businesses and we are at the forefront of tackling food crime.

The FSA’s role does not just cover food safety, but also other consumer interests in food, which include price, availability, and some aspects of food production standards like environmental concerns and animal welfare.

Our work is underpinned by the latest science and evidence and agreed at our open Board meetings. Transparency is a guiding principle for the FSA and key to maintaining public confidence.

About FSS

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) was established on 1 April 2015 by the Food (Scotland) Act 2015 as a non-ministerial office, part of the Scottish Administration, alongside, but separate from, the Scottish Government.

In May 2021, FSS published its second five-year strategic plan ‘Safe, Healthy Sustainable: Driving Scotland’s Food Future for 2021-2026’. Over the next five years, FSS will focus on the issues that matter most to people in Scotland, including renewed emphasis on improving the Scottish diet and associated negative health consequences.

The FSS vision is for “A safe, healthy and sustainable food environment that benefits and protects the health and well-being of everyone in Scotland”. This is with the aim of the following 5 outcomes:

  • Food is Safe and Authentic
  • Consumers Have Healthier Diets
  • Responsible Food Businesses are enabled to thrive
  • Consumers are empowered to make positive choices about food
  • FSS is trusted and influential



Please note agenda timings are subject to change.


Wednesday 10th November 2021

Opening Remarks
Welcome Address
What is the role of regulators in the sustainability landscape?

Moderated by Emily Miles

New technology - how regulators need to adapt and respond

Moderated by Geoff Ogle

  • Dr Vittorio Fattori, Ph.D. — Food Systems and Food Safety Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Iain Gulland — Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Dr Chris Kebbell — Counsellor Primary Industries NZ High Commission London, Ministry Foreign Affairs and Trade / Ministry for Primary Industries NZ
  • Ian McWatt — Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Policy, Science and Operations, Food Standards Scotland
Can regulators support businesses moving to net zero? If so, how?
Networking Lunch
How climate change will impact on diet and what is the regulatory responsibility?
What can we do to support a move towards healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets?
How will climate change, change consumer behaviour? What are the risks and opportunities?
What are the key influences on diet from a changing environment? Lessons learned from innovative businesses
Closing Remarks

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