The 2000 Food Safety Conference Europe

This was the official website for the 2000 Food Safety in Europe Conference. The Food Safety in Europe Conference was not just about sitting and listening to presentations.  The idea was to find and meet specific key individuals, to form specific strategic alliances between partners for mutual benefit.
Content is from the site's 2000 archived pages.

- Conference Highlights -

  • Significant networking opportunities on a European level
  • Keynote speakers from the European Commission, industry and research
  • This conference is of primary importance to researchers, food producers, food processors, distributors, consumer groups and health groups so REGISTER TODAY
  • Free networking, proposer’s forum, brokerage event and poster session
    19th October
  • A unique opportunity for the food industry, SMEs, research organisations and Universities to network and discuss their ideas and experiences. Poster abstracts are invited from attendees with a final 50 selected for display.  Register for formal brokerage after and indicate that you would like to submit a poster abstract on the registration form.


AN UPDATE: Jump ahead two decades from the 2000 Food Safety in Europe Conference. I am planning on attending my 21st Food Safety in Europe Conference which is being held in London on February 12. 2020. Unlike the 2000 conference, the 2020 conference will be a one day conference which, as always, will deliver valuable insights and high-level, constructive knowledge-share designed specifically to improve European food safety management in retail, food service and manufacturing environments

These annual conferences offer myriad opportunities for delegates from across the industry to network with their peers. I have met such interesting people over the years. Every year the conference brings in great speakers and 2020 is no different. I am particularly interested in Dr Leon Mol, Director, Product Safety and Social Compliance at Ahold Delhaize, the world-leading food retailer based in the Netherlands. Although my lawyer friends are all US based they still have strong opinions on the international laws that underpin the regulations regarding food safety. Former Queens Assistant District Attorney Benjamin R Pred considers some of the European model much more sensible than the regulations in force here. He feels the EU is much more likely to look out for families and individuals as opposed to siding with big industry when the rules are created and enforced. He always is interested in my trips and asks for a report on what the main agenda points are. For the most part, the (global) scope of the business' activities includes product safety, social compliance, animal welfare and sustainability of animal and plant related products, cocoa, tea and coffee. If you live in the US you might be familiar with their online Peapod grocery delivery service from Stop & Shop. Hannaford, a supermarket chain based in Scarborough, Maine, Food Lion which operates supermarkets in 10 states of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, or Giant, an American supermarket chain with 169 stores and 159 full service pharmacies located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

Unlike when I was much younger, I try to plan a week's vacation around the one day conference. Instead of jumping on a plane to attend a conference and then return the day it ends, I like to relax a bit after the conference, often meeting with other attendees for networking after the conference is over. Last year I lost my reading glasses during the conference and had to buy an over the counter pair just to get by. This year I plan on taking along an extra pair bought at my favorite online store that offers an excellent choice of what I consider are the best glasses at the best prices.

The other two speakers at the 2020 conference are Antonio Nesploi and Tony Carvell. For more information about the 2020 Food Safety in Europe Conference go to:



Conference Programme

Thursday 19th October 2000

Registration:  08.30 – 9.30

  • Opening Session
  • Session 1:  Food Microbiology
  • Session 2:  Food Safety and Processing
  • Session 3:  Food Toxicology
  • Session 4:  Food Safety and the Food Chain
  • Closing Session

Opening Session

Chair: Dr David Shannon, MAFF

 09.30  - 09.45 Opening of the Conference – Baroness Hayman

09.45 - 10.15 Food Safety – An Industrial Perspective – Lord Haskins, Chairman of Northern Foods plc, UK

10.15 - 10.30 Importance of Food Safety into the Millenium – Suzi Leather, Deputy Chair of UK Food Standards Agency, London

10.30 – 10.45 Food Safety and Food Research – Mr Gordon Adam, MEP

10.45 – 11.00 Food Safety Research in the 5th framework, Quality of life, Key Action 1 – Health, Food and Nutrition Including the European Research Area – Dr Rainer Gerold, Director B.I Life Sciences I, European Commission

11.00  - 11.15 Discussion

11.15 – 11.45 Coffee and tea

Session 1:  Food Microbiology
Chair: Dr Grahame Gould (formerly Unilever Research)
Rapporteur: Dr James Ridsdale,  UK Food Standards Agency

11.50 – 12.20 Major and Emerging Pathogens Including Anti-Microbial Resistance Issues, the Experience of the Irish Food Safety Authority – Dr. Pat Wall, Irish Food Safety Authority

12.20 – 12.40 Current Major Pathogens in Europe
Dr Roy Betts,Campden and Chorleywood Food RA

12.40 – 13.40 Lunch

13.40 – 14.00 Emerging Pathogens: Verocytotoxigenic E.coli,Campylobacter and Crytosporidium parvum in Europe – Dr Geraldine Duffy, Project Coordinator, Teagasc, Dublin

14.00 – 14.20 Salmonella Stress Responses and Food Safety Prof Tom Humphrey, Public Health Laboratory Service, UK

14.20 – 14.40 Food Brand Bound Residues and Nitrofuran Detection– Dr Glen Kennedy, Project Coordinator, University Belfast

Session 2:  Food Safety and Processing Back
Chair:  Dr Mike Knowles, Dir. Coca Cola, Greater Europe
Rapporteur:  Dr B. Verachtert, Quality of Life, KA1, Food Technology

14.50 – 15.20  Pesticides, Processing and Food Safety: The Issues -–Dr Stuart Reynolds, Dir. Central Science Laboratory, UK

15.20 – 15.40  Novel Processors Addressing Food Safety, Quality and Processing – Professor D Knorr, Project Coordinator, TU-Berlin, Germany

15.40 – 16.00 Rapid Immunological Test Methods Forming a Screening System to Monitor Pesticide and Antibiotic Residues in Food and Food Products – Dr A. Van Amerongen, Project Coordinator, ATO-DLO, Netherlands

16.00 – 16.20 Coffee break

16.20 – 16.40 Recycling of Plastic and Paper for Food Packaging –Dr Roland Franz, Project Coordinator, Fhg-IVV, Friesing, Germany

16.40 – 17.00 Modified Atmosphere Packagings and Safety Aspects – Dr Ulf Rönner, The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology

17.00 – 19.00 Free networking, proposer’s forum, brokerage event and  poster session related to all conference topics.

Friday 20th October


Session 3:  Food Toxicology 
Chair:  Dr A. Visconti, Dir. CNR, Italy
Rapporteur:  Dr Achim Boenke, Quality of Life, KA1, Food Safety

09.00 – 09.30 Risk Analysis in Europe: Present and Future Needs – Professor G Pascal, Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee, DG Sanco, European Commision.

09.30 – 09.50 Food Safety in Europe: Risk Assessment of Chemicals in Food and Diet – Dr J Kleiner, Project Coordinator, ILSI-Europe, Brussels

09.50 – 10.10 Development, Validation and Application of Stochastic Modelling of Human Exposure to Food Chemicals and Nutrients – Professor Dr Mike Gibney, Project Coordinator, Trinity College, Ireland

10.10 – 10.30 Hazard Analysis Control of Food Contamination ; Prevention of Fusarium Mycotoxins and Ochratoxin A - Prof Dr Naresh Magan, Cranfield Biotechnology Centre, Cranfield University, UK

10.30 – 10.50 European Safety of Genetically Modified Food – The GMF Cluster – Professor Dr H Kuiper, Cluster Coordinator, RIKILT, Netherlands

10.50 – 11.20 Coffee break

Session 4:  Food Safety and the Food Chain

Chair:  Mr Liam Breslin, Quality of Life, Head KA1 & 4
Rapporteur:  Dr A di Giulio, Quality of Life, KA1, Food Microbiology

11.20 – 11.50 Consumer Issues on Food Safety – Dr Sheila McKechnie, Consumer Association, UK

11.50 – 12.10 Catering, New Developments and Safety Aspects – Dr Toon Martins, Alama, Belgium

12.10 – 12.30 The Preservation of Frozen Food Quality and Safety Throughout the Distribution Chain – Prof Fabio Polonara, Universita Degli Studi di Ancona.

12.30 – 12.50 Food Safety and the Retail Distribution Chain – Dr Alastair Robertson, Dir. Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK

12.50 – 13.50 Lunch

Closing Session

Chair:  Professor Dr C Williams, Chair of EAG for Quality of Life-KA1
Rapporteur:  Dr M Nielsen, Quality of Life, KA1

13.50 - 14.10 White Paper on Food Safety - Dr. Paola Testori (European Commission, DG SANCO)

14.10 - 14.30 Food Safety in the United States of America - Dr. James Lindsay, USDA, USA

14.30 - 14.50 The Impact of Food Safety and Nutrition on Public Health - The case for a Food and Nutrition Policy and Action Plan for the European Region of WHO, 2000-2005
-  Dr Marco Jermini, WHO, Italy

14.50 - 15.10 Towards Consumer-New Food Safety Challenges - Dr. Ethel Forsberg Swedish Consumers’ Association

15.10 - 16.00 The Challenge Ahead – Panel Discussion chaired by Dr. J. Leslie   (Panel Members:, 
Dr Paola Testori, Dr Ethel Forsberg, Dr Liam Breslin, Dr Marco Jermini   & Dr. James Lindsay)

16.00 Close of Conference



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