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14 February 2017

The 2017 City Food Lecture, which takes place at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 21 February, will be delivered by Chris Elliott, Professor of Food Safety, founder of the Institute for Global Food Security and Faculty PVC for Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s, on the topic ‘Does it matter where our food comes from?’

The City Food Lecture is an annual, invitation-only fixture in the City of London and international food industry calendars. It is delivered every year by a leading figure in the British food business who is invited to speak about the issues they regard as most important in shaping the way food is produced, distributed, marketed, sold and consumed.

Held in the Great Hall at the prestigious Guildhall, the event is organised by the seven city livery companies whose roots are in the food industry – namely the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.

The lecture will be followed by a panel debate chaired by businesswoman Margaret Mountford and featuring LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond, writer and broadcaster Tim Hayward and Tesco group quality director Tim Smith.

Previous speakers include Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King, Unilever chief executive Paul Polman, former Cadbury Schweppes chairman John Sunderland and former Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy.

Professor Elliott has published more than 300 peer-review articles, many of them relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental-related contaminants.

His main research interests are in the development of innovative techniques to provide early warning of toxin threats across complex food supply systems. Protecting the integrity of the food supply chain from fraud is also a key research topic and Professor Elliott led the independent review of Britain’s food system following the 2013 horsemeat scandal.

Over the years he has developed a high-level network of collaborators across Europe, the United States and Asia. He co-ordinates and participates in multiple European framework research projects. He is a founding member of the International School for Advanced Residue Analysis in Food based in France.

A visiting professor at the China Agriculture University in Beijing, Professor Elliott is also a former recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

In 2015, Professor Elliott received the BBC Food and Farming Award, for being a ‘Food Game Changer’. 

After a welcome address by The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London, Professor Elliott will deliver the City Food Lecture to an estimated 600 guests on the topic ‘Does it matter where our food comes from?’ A panel session will follow to be chaired by Northern Ireland born Margaret Mountford, best known for her role as Lord Alan Sugar's assistant in BBC1’s The Apprentice.

For further details of the 2017 City Food Lecture click here

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