The event was chaired by Campden BRI director general Steven Walker, who summed up the wealth of subjects covered during the day. He agreed food safety culture was a subject whose importance was all too often misunderstood.
Walker reiterated the call to action made by several speakers during the day. They wanted industry stakeholders to get involved in two critical sets of consultations and negotiations that will directly impact the future of food safety in the sector.
The first concerned the UK’s ongoing Brexit negotiations, to ensure that critical food safety considerations were not lost among the torrent of other important issues being discussed.
The second was a call to engage with the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) Regulating our Future consultations, so that a collaborative rather than confrontational outcome – desired by both regulator and industry – was achieved.
Key among the day’s findings were the need to develop greater trust between the industry and the FSA and between the industry and consumers, who were often suspicious of the motives of those working in food and drink manufacture.
“If we don’t get involved, it’s at our own peril,” concluded Walker.