Wednesday, 3 December 2008, 12:00AM

Can we trust our food?

Professor Colin Dennis

Consumers are increasingly concerned not only about the safety and quality of their food but also about its origin together with the related issues of animal welfare, organic or non-organic, fair trade and environmental impact as well as the effect diet has on their well-being. This lecture will illustrate how companies involved in raw material production, food processing, distribution and retail rely on accreditation and certification when implementing systems to ensure the supply of safe, quality food of known origin to consumers. Professor Colin Dennis is the Director General of the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association, the world's largest independent, membership-based research and technology organisation serving the agri-food industry with clients in 60 countries. He has Visiting Professorships at Queen's University, Belfast and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and is an Honorary Professor at Birmingham University. His contribution to food science and technology was recognised in 2001 by his election as a Fellow to the American Institute of Food Technology and the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He is a Non-Executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Services, serves on Government and Industrial Advisory Committees and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire in 2005.

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Professor Colin Dennis is Director-General of Campden BRI, formerly Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association Group, headquartered in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.
Prior to moving to Chipping Campden in 1981, he worked for 11 years at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, including a period on secondment at the Norwegian Food Research Institute near Oslo. During his 21 years as Director-General of Campden BRI the business grew from c.£2.5m in 1988 to over £18.25m in 2008 with over 2000 clients in over 60 countries and now employs 385 staff.

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3 December 2008

Can we trust our food?
Professor Colin Dennis

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