The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) says that recent moves by food manufacturers to use non GM ingredients and retailers such as Waitrose to source non GM soy for animal feed has marked a ‘new beginning’ for non GM. As a result, the Society has brought together six speakers of the highest calibre from the food industry for a one day conference in January 2017 to focus on the future of genetic modification.

Held at The Rothamsted Research Centre, the conference aims to offer a balanced presentation and debate on the various aspects of science and technology available to the food industry including on-line databases, laboratory proficiency testing, gene editing with CRISPR Cas9 and DNA Sequencing as well as labelling and certification.

The speakers are:

  • Richard Werran, Food Director EMEA at BSI
  • Anke Bluth from Eurofins
  • Sue Davies MBE, Chief Policy Officer at Which?
  • Professor Jonathan Napier from Rothamsted
  • Mark Sykes, Senior Scientist at FERA
  • Richard Compton, General Manager – Metrichor at Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd

Catherine Watkinson from SOFHT said:

“Over the years there has been considerable ‘emotional steam’ about the pros and cons of genetically modification. In recent months though there have been some very clear moves by manufacturers and retailers alike to address the issues faced by GM and to consider their positioning in the debate.

“In view of this, SOFHT believes that now is an ideal time to provide a balanced discussion and to look at issues such as labelling and certification, as well as the future perspective of genetic modification and enhancement technologies.”

‘GM 2.0 – A New Beginning’ will take place on Thursday 26 January 2017 at the Rothamsted Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ. To find out more and reserve a place email