Safeguarding food chain authenticity: the consumer co-operative twist – Presented by Silvia Schmidt, Euro Coop

Safeguarding food chain authenticity: the consumer co-operative twist – Presented by Silvia Schmidt, Euro Coop at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Consumer co-operatives are retailers owned by consumers. Therefore, coops’ mission is to answer to consumers’ needs and expectations, and coop consumers expect food to be safe, authentic, and locally produced. Therefore, coops are committed to ensuring integrity of the food chain and to prevent fraudulent practices. During this speech we will see how different coops are addressing food chain authenticity and integrity, as well as food fraud. Also, we will delve into the role that innovation can play in demonstrating the authenticity of a food product.

About Silvia Schmidt
Silvia Schmidt studied Public Health during her Bachelor and food safety policy during her Master in the Netherlands. She worked for two years in DG SANTE (European Commission), first on food labelling and nutrition, then on food fraud. In March 2016 she joined Euro Coop as policy officer for food.

About Euro Coop
Euro Coop is the voice of the co-operative retailers in Europe and brings together the national associations of consumer co-operatives in 19 European countries. Euro Coop is active in the areas of food policy, food sustainability, and co-operative distinctiveness, both in front of the European institutions and among its members.

food-agri eventAbout Healthy Nutrition Conference 
How can innovation in nutrition help to improve the well being of the growing and ageing population in the world? With a growing and ageing population worldwide, the importance of healthy nutrition is of paramount importance. The impact of technology requires a cross-sector knowledge exchange and cooperation. This conference brings the food industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition, together to enable collaboration and innovation and to support a sustainable healthy nutrition landscape for the future.

The Healthy Nutrition Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food-Agri Event – a two-day event (Jun 28-29, 2017) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition: 3D FoodPrinting Conference (Jun 28, 2017); Vertical Farming Conference (Jun 28, 2017); Healthy Nutrition Conference, (Jun 29 2017); Smart Farming Conference (Jun 29, 2017); Smart Food Farming Expo (Jun 28-29, 2017)

Focus topics: Smart & Healthy Ingredients; Sustainable Food Manufacturing; Protein Transition (e.g. insects and seaweed); Food design; Food Policy and Regulation; Innovative technologies for Healthy Nutrition; Food Science / R&D; Funding; Economic, business and social issues; Legal and Regulatory issues

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