Food Law Group

IFST Food Law Group

Led by a steering group, with considerable food law experience, the Food Law Group focusses on relevant topics including: global food standards, regulation, official controls, enforcement, food labelling, health and nutrition claims, novel foods etc. It provides members, with an interest in food legislation, the opportunity to engage and share knowledge with others in the Group.

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?’: in relation to the uncertainties in the UK food landscape. Presentations from UK experts from Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
  • ‘Not as Free Trade as you Thought’: identifying the 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
Meet the Food Law Group Committee

Chair: Sam Jennings

Other members: Ruth Birt, Eugenia Choi, Jean Feord Marshall, Alex Kent, Ron Kill, Cliodhna McDonough, Luke Murphy, Mark Tallon, Rachel Ward

Upcoming events

‘Asking the right questions: theory and practice’ - This event will cover updates from the Food Standards Agency in relation to its Regulating Our Future programme, including the new business registration processes under the hygiene aspects and the new developments under the food standards aspects.

Date: Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Time: 10.45 to 13.15 with light buffet to follow

Venue: RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London

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Reports from past events


25 September Not as Free Trade as You Thought...
14 March Focus Future: A Regulatory Minefield? 



27 September Reading it Right on Novel Foods
1 March Goodbye Parnuts, Hello FSG
Students and competitions

The Food Law Group contributed questions to the first ever IFST University Food Challenge competition, which was held in February 2019.

A number of the Food Law Group committee members participate as mentors at IFST Student Launchpads.

Get in touch

If you would like to get more involved with our Food Law Group, please contact us.