One of the UK’s leading food industry training companies joined forces with one of the North’s top universities to host an international food safety culture conference, one of the first of its kind to be held in the UK.

North-East based totrain worked alongside University of Sunderland to host The International Food Safety Culture Conference which brought together speakers and delegates from some of the UK’s leading food brands along with key academics from around the globe to discuss issues surrounding safety and culture in the food industry today.

Speakers included some of the world’s leading experts on food safety culture included Dr Chris Griffiths, Emeritus Professorship at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Dr Pieternel Luning, Associate Professor of Food Quality Management at Wageningen University, Holland alongside representatives from Greggs, Asda, Northumbrian Water, Farne Salmon, Food Standards Scotland, the BRCGS and University of Sunderland.

Director at totrain, John Husband, said: “We are delighted the conference was such a huge success, bringing together as it did delegates from across the food industry from SMEs to major international brands, academics and others.

“The themes which were clearly evident from across our speakers were that food safety culture cannot be a bolt-on or one-size fits all and it is a non-negotiable for customers – consumers rightly expect every single item they purchase to be safe. It is our responsibility as those creating these products to ensure they are.

“Our speakers, who gathered from across the world, brought many different perspectives – from academics offering the theory behind food safety culture to regulators exploring what they expect from organisations to international brands sharing their experiences of measuring and embedding food safety culture within their organisations.

“We were delighted to partner with the University of Sunderland to create this unique conference which truly gave those working in the food manufacturing sector an opportunity to learn more about this vital subject from some of the world’s leading experts.”