Combatting Fraud in the Food Chain – Two-day Workshop

Combatting fraud in the food chain
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4th and 11th December

Price | Member: £368 | Affiliate member: £568 | Non member: £568     

This brand new two-day workshop focuses on the growing concern and occurrence of fraud within the food chain. It will also look at enforcement of deliberate avoidance of food and feed law.

Delegates will gain the knowledge and an understanding of the different methods to combat food crime, using investigation techniques and alternative investigative strategies. The Horse Meat Case and scandal of 2013 will be re-visited, looking at what went wrong along other relevant case studies.

Why you should attend:

  • Understand what constitutes as food fraud: range, type, sector, and effect
  • Learn the approaches and tactics to combat food crime and the benefits of these tactics
  • Use real life examples to analyse the food chain and identify opportunities and emerging threats
  • Participate in layered investigative scenarios involving the identification and use of criminal intelligence
  • Understand the importance of using alternative investigative strategies

Who should attend:  

  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Food Safety Consultants
  • Food Safety Professionals
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Environmental health practitioners

CPD: 11 Hours

▼ Programme 

Day 1     
09.00   Registration
09.30   Introduction and knowledge test
10.00   Defining Food Fraud
10:30   Legislative Framework
11.00   Refreshment break
11.15   Horse Meat and the Response
11.45   Combatting Food Crime –The Importance of Collaborative Working
13.15   Lunch
13.45   Workshop One
15.00   Refreshment break
15.15   Intelligence Led Approach
15.45   Workshop Two
16.30   Collect CPD and depart
Day 2     
09.00   Registration
09.30   Re-cap Day 1
09.45   Intelligence Cycle
10:05   Workshop Three
10.45   Refreshment break
11.00   Investigation Techniques
12.00   Workshop Four
13.00   Lunch
13.45   Alternative Investigative Strategies
14.45   Refreshment break
15.00   Role of Industry
15.45   Emerging Threats
16.15   Collect CPD and depart
▼ Trainer 

Rob Phillips, Welsh Food Fraud Co-ordinator  

Rob PhillipsRob graduated from University of Wales Institute Cardiff in Environmental Health in 1990. He then worked in Carmarthenshire County Council for 11 years before spending two years on secondment with the Food Standards Agency investigating illegal meat frauds. At the same time Robert was asked to be a member of the Food Standard Agency (FSA), Waste Food Task Force. Following the completion of the secondment Robert took a senior post in Pembrokeshire County Council before appointed Food Fraud Co-ordinator for the newly formed Welsh Food Fraud Co-ordination Unit in August of 2004.

In 2006 Rob was asked to sit on the Food Standards Agency’s “Food Fraud Task Force” which published a report in September 2007 identifying 16 recommendations designed to raise awareness of food fraud issues and to further protect consumers. He is a former member of the FSA’s Food Fraud Advisory Unit.

Rob holds the accreditation with the National Crime Agency as a Financial Investigator, he is therefore able to provide a financial investigation capability to Local Authorities to support their investigation of food fraud and also conduct confiscation proceedings for the recovery of criminal assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 on their behalf.

The WFFCU provides welsh local authorities, the FSA Wales and other stakeholders with an intelligence led capability to support their efforts of in combatting food fraud. When frauds are identified the Unit co-ordinates the enforcement response of relevant enforcement agencies. In addition the Unit acts as a resource for support and advice in addition to running training events covering topics that include intelligence handling techniques, investigation management and source handling. Rob sits on the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN) group for Wales.

In June 2014 Rob was appointed Training Coordinator for the EU Commission BTSF Program – New Techniques for Investigating Food Fraud Courses.

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