IFST Food Safety Group event - 'Delivering a positive food safety culture - a practical approach'

Organised by IFST's Food Safety Group 

In recognition of UN World Food Safety Day, IFST’s Food Safety Special Interest Group have organised a Food Safety Culture event at the SCI from 11:00 - 13:00.

A strong food safety culture will ensure that good practice is not only understood but more importantly being followed.  Real food safety is what happens when managers and supervisors are not present, and individuals are left to their own devices. This is a real challenge to every link of the international food supply chain. To illustrate the increasing recognition of the importance of food safety culture it has been included in the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Food Safety Issue 8.

There is a new appreciation that understanding food safety cultural drivers is a useful addition to the food safety toolbox of training, audit, and testing and risk management. Appreciation of effective management of behavioural interactions is essential to develop positive attitudes and the necessary behavioural changes to drive food safety.

The session reviews current best practice and looks to the future. It also includes a workshop and aims to be interactive. Culture is increasingly cited in reports and papers related to food safety incidents and outbreaks and is also being identified as a significant emerging risk factor in food fraud. The challenge for food businesses is to inoculate a food safety culture into their operations so that good practice is second nature and embraced from the boardroom to the shop floor. Only by understanding and changing food handler behaviour will we be able to embed food safety in an organisations culture and drive improvement.

Between them, Sterling Crew and Denis Treacy have over 60 years’ experience in the food supply chain and will share their practical experience on the challenges of delivering a positive food safety culture.

Programme

10:45  Registration
11:00

Welcome
Natasha Medhurst, Scientific Affairs Manager, IFST

11:05

Introduction
Sterling Crew, Chair of IFST Food Safety Group

11:15

Food Safety Culture: Behavioural science and accreditation  
Sterling Crew

11:45

Workshop - Key food safety risks & the challenges in managing predictable outcomes 

12:15 Open group discussion 
12:30

Food Safety Culture: Practical application examples
Denis Treacy, Chief Technical Officer, Culture Compass Ltd.

12:50 Summary & close 
Sterling Crew
13:00 Lunch & networking
13:30 - 15:15 Post-event: IFST Food Safety Group Meeting - feel free to stay and join a discussion on what the group has to offer

 Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Check IFST policies section for information about cancellations and amendments.