Invitation to attend an Open Workshop on Novel Foods: 20 November 2013

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes is holding an open workshop on novel foods in London on Wednesday 20 November from 1pm until 4:30pm. The closing date for applying to attend is Friday 1 November.

The workshop will be chaired by the ACNFP Chair, Professor Peter Gregory and will be held in Aviation House ,125 Kingsway, London. The aim of the event is to give the public an opportunity to discuss with the Committee those subjects that fall directly within the Committee’s remit.

The event will be structured as follows:

1. Introduction

To include presentations on the work of the committee

2. Discussions, in smaller, breakout groups, on the following novel food issues which may be of interest to the consumer

These will include:

• evaluating traditional foods from other parts of the world

• assessing the additive effects of novel ingredients in food.

The group discussions will be limited to the subjects listed above. There will be an opportunity to ask questions on other topics in the open discussion at the end of the meeting

3. An open discussion with tabled audience questions.

Participants are invited to raise any issues related to the assessment of novel or GM foods. This could include the scientific rationale used in the safety assessment and whether the procedures are sufficiently open for the UK public to make their views known. Priority will be given to questions submitted in advance of the event.

Minutes will be produced for this event and any relevant questions that cannot be taken will be addressed as an annex to these minutes.

If you would like to attend this event please email acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk or contact Alison Asquith by Friday 1 November at:

ACNFP Secretariat
2A Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6NH
Tel: 020 7276 8596

Attendance will be limited to those expressing an interest in attending with a maximum of two people per organisation due to the size of the available rooms.