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International food safety conferences comes to the North East

A group of the world’s leading experts on food safety culture are being brought together for an international conference aimed at professionals working in the industry.

The International Food Safety Culture Conference 2019, to be held in Sunderland later this year, will see speakers from some of the UK’s leading food brands join with key academics from around the globe to discuss issues surrounding safety and culture in the food industry today.

Hosted by food safety training specialists Totrain and the University of Sunderland, the event will deliver a symbiosis of industry best practice and leading academic research.

Keynote speaker, Dr Chris Griffiths, Emeritus Professorship at Cardiff Metropolitan University will open the day with his presentation “Food safety: when management systems are not enough”. Dr Griffiths will also close the conference with a look at what the future looks like for food safety culture.

Dr Pieternel Luning, Associate Professor of Food Quality Management at Wageningen University, Holland will also present at the event and they will be joined by speakers from Greggs, Asda, Northumbrian Water, Farne Salmon, Food Standards Scotland, the BRC and Sunderland University.

Director at totrain, John Husband, said: “The aim of the conference is to provide organisations with an in-depth knowledge of the food safety culture paradigm comprising of the theories, concepts, thought patterns, values and beliefs that impact on food safety culture within an organisation.

“With food safety culture continuing to be one of the key issues affecting businesses operating in the food sector, this will be an opportunity to hear from those right at the edge of delivering positive food safety cultures within the industry.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with the University of Sunderland to create this unique conference which will give those working in the food manufacturing sector an opportunity to learn more about the theory of food safety culture alongside practical tools and techniques to help implement a food safety culture improvement programme, directly from some of the world’s leading experts on the subject.”

The one-day event will be at Sunderland University’s St Peter’s Campus on September 4th 2019. To book a place or for more details visit:

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