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2022 Convention Program Day 2 - Wednesday 24 August 2022

FEATURED SPEAKERS : Session 2.1  - Food Regulation for Future Foods

Prof. Mark Lawrence   

Deakin University - Professor of Public Health Nutrition

Topic: Sustainability, health, and the regulation of food agriculture


Mark is Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University. He has 38 years’ experience working as a practitioner and academic in food and nutrition policy at local, state, national and international levels. Mark’s research interests focus on healthy and sustainable food systems, dietary guidelines, ultra-processed foods and food regulation. He teaches students enrolled in courses related to nutrition science, public health nutrition, food policy and dietetics. His latest research book is titled, ‘Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems’, Routledge. He is:

  • External advisor, World Health Organization;
  • External advisor, Food and Agriculture Organization;
  • Member, International Union of Nutritional Sciences Task Force on Sustainable Diets;
  • Member, Advisory Board for Cochrane Nutrition;
  • Board member, Food Standards Australia New Zealand;
  • Team leader, Australian Research Council project, ‘Reforming evidence synthesis and translation for food and nutrition policy’
  • Member, National Health and Medical Research Council’s Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence working committee
  • Former member, Australian National Health and Medical Research Council’s Dietary Guidelines Working Committee 2013.

    Presentation Overview:

    There is increasing attention being paid to the role of food regulation in sustainable, healthy diets and food systems. This presentation will examine the nature and scope of risk assessment in food regulation in relation to protecting public health. In keeping with the 2022 Convention theme, the presentation will also explore opportunities for collaboration and innovation among researchers and practitioners working in food science, and nutrition. 

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    Ms Christel Leemhuis

      General Manager, Science and Risk Assessment, FSANZ

      Topic: Supporting innovation while safeguarding health


      Christel Leemhuis is the General Manager of Science and Risk Assessment at Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Christel is a public health nutritionist and has worked in the food regulatory system for over 20 years for both government and the private sector. Christel is responsible for scientific and risk assessment functions of the agency that includes biological sciences and genetically modified foods, chemical safety (toxicology) and nutrition, food data and analysis (food composition and dietary modelling, international and strategic science activities, and chemical residue related activities.

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      Mr Gary Smith  

      VIC Department of Health - Manager, Food Safety Reforms & Digital Systems

      Topic: FoodTrader|OSCAR, a contemporary food safety regulatory management system for both regulators and food businesses


      Gary graduated from Swinburne University as a qualified environmental health officer (EHO) and undertook further studies completing a Bachelor of Commerce and post graduate qualifications in management. He is also a qualified (non practicing!) food safety auditor.

      His experiences ranges from working as an EHO on North Stradbroke Island for 5 years, where he improved his surfing and fishing skills, to working on Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, Arnhemland and the Darwin region for nearly 8 years in public health and then community development.

      Gary commenced with the Department of Health (Vic) 20 years ago and has had various roles in the Food Safety Unit from managing the compliance team, then the policy and standards team, to recent years managing the various rounds of food safety reforms.

      Gary has also completed 4 food safety and public health consultancies with the World Health Organisation in Asian Pacific countries.

      Presentation Overview:

      The FoodTrader|OSCAR system is a key deliverable under the Food Safety Reforms Program, established in response to recommendations of the Small Business Regulation Review (Retail) 2018 (the Review) will provide an online application portal for Victorian businesses to manage their registrations under the Food Act 1984 (Food Act), and an integrated compliance management database for use by councils, the department, and other regulatory stakeholders in the management of business premises regulated under the Food Act, the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (PH&W Act) and Tobacco Act 1987 (Tobacco Act).

      The system will benefit councils by introducing quicker processing times, improved management of compliance history of premises and facilitate better information sharing across councils and the department.

      The business accounts within FoodTrader|OSCAR will contain compliance requirements and history of assessment reports as well as previous communication between council and the business. It will also provide for streamlined administration for business owners when registering a new food business or renewing existing businesses.

      Scott Bouvier 

      King & Wood Mallesons - Partner

      Topic: Developing regulation to change the future of food?


      Scott Bouvier is one of Australia’s most prominent food, agribusiness, IP and technology lawyers, with a highly successful practice focused on commercial dealings and disputes. Scott is known for providing strategic, client-centric advice relating to complex matters and having an innovative and practical approach.

      Scott's regular food and agribusiness clients include Lion, SunRice, Vesco, Monde Nissin, CSIRO, AgriFutures Australia, Beechworth Honey, Meat & Livestock Australia, Campari and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

      Presentation Overview:

      Building on Scott's experience with the emerging "smart, innovative and sustainable" Neom development and its proposed approach to food regulation, Scott will explore what food regulation could look like in areas like smart labelling, personalised nutrition, traceability, novel foods and GMOs.

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