Led by a steering committee with considerable food law experience, the Food Law Group focuses on relevant topics including global food standards, regulation, official controls, enforcement, food labelling, health and nutrition claims, novel foods etc. It provides members interested in food legislation with an opportunity to engage and share knowledge with others in the Group.
The Group's activities include hosting thought provoking discussion workshops (typically two per year). These are usually half-day interactive sessions featuring experts (including those from industry and government) presenting on the latest hot topics. The panel Q&A, and general discussion sessions, encourage the sharing of relevant knowledge and experience across the sector.
2018 event highlights:
- ‘Focus Future - A Regulatory Minefield?’ - this event focused on uncertainties in the UK food landscape in light of upcoming Brexit. Presentations featured experts from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
- ‘Not as Free Trade as you Thought’ - this event identified practical legislative issues to consider when expanding trade to non-EU markets (including to USA and Asia), from product formulation through to packaging and labelling
Chair: Sam Jennings
Other members: Ruth Birt, Eugenia Choi, Jean Feord Marshall, Alex Kent, Luke Murphy, Mark Tallon, Rachel Ward
NEXT EVENT COMING SOON
The Food Law Group contributed questions to the first ever IFST University Food Challenge competition that took place on 27 February 2019.
A number of the Food Law Group committee members participate as mentors at IFST Student Launchpads.