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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613688

Food Fraud - the Analytical Tools Conference

Thursday 27th February 2014

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has been discussing what action it can take to tackle food fraud and has teamed up with The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) to organise a one day event to showcase UK research on food authenticity.

This scientific event hosted by Fera reports the development and use of state-of-the-art methods to assure the authenticity of food and detect food fraud. The methods are developed as part of Defra's Food Authenticity Programme which investigates many aspects of misdescription. The conference will look at existing and potential methods to combat food fraud. It will also give participants the opportunity to highlight emerging issues and gaps in analytical technology.

The event provides a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge in the areas of food authenticity, fraud detection and advanced analytical methods, and to network with key scientists and stakeholders from industry, regulatory authorities and academia.
The conference panel, comprising policy makers, regulators, enforcers and evidence providers, will answer stakeholders' questions on food authenticity challenges and update the audience on the latest issues in the area.

Representatives from the food industry and trade associations, including Princes (Edible Oils), Bernard Matthews Foods Ltd, Barilla G.R.F.lli SpA, British Frozen Food Federation and others, will attend the event and the speakers are now confirmed.

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Conference Programme

Morning session

09:30 - 10:00        Registration and refreshments Introduction

Chairs: Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor and Lucy Foster, Defra

10:00 - 10:05        Welcome and introduction - Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor
10:05 - 10:20        Food Fraud - an international perspective - John Spink, Michigan State University
10:20 - 10:35        Food Fraud - a policy perspective - Lindsay Harris, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Will Creswell, Food Standards Agency
10:35 - 10:50        The UK Food Authenticity Programme - Lucy Foster and Sophie Rollinson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

10:50 - 11:20        Coffee break - attendees are invited to put up challenges and priorities on 'post-its' for discussion in the afternoon Q&A session

Using chemical markers

Chairs: Paul Brereton, Fera and Gerard Downey, TEAGASC

11:20 - 11:40        An overview of analytical approaches to verify country of origin labelling (COOL) claims - Simon Kelly, University of East Anglia
11:40 - 12:00        Identifying oil species in oil mixtures - Tassos Koidis, Queen's University Belfast

Using biochemical markers
Chairs: Paul Brereton, Fera and Gerard Downey, TEAGASC

12:00 - 12:20        Mass spectrometry and the analysis of food composition and authentication - Paul Fraser, Royal Holloway University
12:20 - 12:40        A proteomic approach to the detection of offal and added serum in meat products - Ellen Billett, Nottingham Trent University
12:40 - 13:00        Detection of unlabelled meat in meat products using proteomics and genomics - Adrian Charlton, The Food and Environment Research Agency

Afternoon session

13:00 - 13:40        Lunch - Posters and networking Using DNA markers

Chairs: Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor and Hez Hird, Fera

13:40 - 14:00        Meat speciation analysis - current and emerging approaches - Malcolm Burns, LGC Group
14:00 - 14:20        Genetic tools for geographic traceability and breed identification of food - Gill Murray-Dickson, Trace Forensics
14:20 - 14:40        Public Analysts' perspective - Liz Moran, Association of Public Analysts

The Future
Chairs: Sandy Primrose, Food Authenticity Programme Advisor and Hez Hird, Fera

14:40 - 15:00        European research initiatives on food authenticity - Paul Brereton, The Food and Environment Research Agency
15:00 - 15:15        Meeting the challenges - future development in the Food Authenticity Programme - Lucy Foster, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15:15 - 16:00        Panel Q&A session
                             An opportunity to explore with stakeholders what they see as the key challenges faced in Food Authenticity and what technical solutions are needed to address them.
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16:00                    Close and tea