Session Will Bid To Help Food Safety –

Session Will Bid To Help Food Safety European Fish Trader Published:  28 March, 2003

A HALF-DAY session explaining the processes of preventing food poisoning, including the necessities of training, the influences of retailers, the design of products and shelf life testing, is the next in a series of monthly briefings being organised by The Society of Food Hygiene Technology to get back to the roots of food hygiene.

Martyn Rogers, microbiology laboratory manager at Reading Scientific Services, will explain how to design-in safety from the beginning of the product development process with on-going evaluation and shelf life testing.

Tesco Stores’ Steve Edwards, head of operational standards and policy for trading law and technical, will explain how as an owner of brands but not the owner of the manufacturing process, Tesco safeguards its food supplies.

Does food hygiene equal food safety? The briefing session will also look at the reasons why food hygiene is only one of the tools needed to deliver food safety.

Trends in food borne disease and the facts behind the figures will also be covered by Dr Sarah O’Brien, head of gastrointestinal diseases division of the PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, who recently featured on BBC 1’s Food Police in a discussion about last year’s Salmonella outbreaks.

The briefing session is being held at the Whiteknights Campus, Reading on 10 April, and a tour of the facilities at Reading Scientific Services Pilot Plant is also available to delegates.