Horsemeat debate at Foodex

The horsemeat scandal will be on the agenda during the Foodex exhibition in Birmingham next week, with leading players from across the sector debating whether the incident could happen again.

Meat Trades Journal’s sister title Food Manufacture will be hosting the debate during the show, at the Centre Stage in the NEC on 24 March, and those taking part will include former Food Standards Agency chair Lord Rooker and Eblex director Nick Allen.

The debate, which gets under way at 2.15pm, poses the question of whether, a year on, the horsemeat scandal has prompted real change within the market, or with the trade going back to “business as usual” could such a crisis happen again?

The full list of speakers on the day include:

•    Mark Driscoll, head of food at Forum for The Future
•    Nick Allen, Eblex sector director
•    Lord Rooker, Food Standards Agency former chairman
•    Terry Jones, Food and Drink Federation communications director
•    Ed Bedington, group editor, Meat Trades Journal and Global Meat News
•    Professor Paul Dobson, head of Norwich Business School
•    Elizabeth Andoh-Kesson, British Retail Consortium policy advisor and lead report, Elliot review.
•    Dominic Watkins, partner and head of food group at law firm DWF.