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Food Crime and Integrity in Birmingham

Last night Birmingham Food Council held an event to look at what’s happening in Birmingham following on from the release of The Elliott Report, The report commissioned in response the horse meat scandal.

Professor Chris Elliott, the author of the report joined us to give us an update on the national picture – What has happened since the release of the publication, and Nick Lowe from Birmingham City Council came and gave us a talk on where the council sits – What they are doing to stop food crime and preserve food integrity across the city.

The whole night was live blogged over on the Birmingham Food Council’s website, and you can go there now to get a flavour of the discussions that have taken place.

You can also add your thoughts by joining the #FoodCrime conversation on twitter.


Elly Vesty, New Optimist, on the advantages of understanding the historical evolution of plants

Elly Vesty’s research makes her optimistic that we can improve food security.  Her work on how, historically, plants have germinated to ensure they grow is about having a core understanding of how crops will grow.

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#BrumElliott – Reflections on the day from Chris Elliott

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Final thoughts from The Elliott Review in Birmingham from Professor Chris Elliott and Kate Cooper, founder of The New Optimists…

Professor Chris Elliott said the mixture of people at the event in Birmingham today was quite phenomenal. There have been 200 meetings as part of the review – this has been the most interesting, he said, with lots of examples of the complex difficulties faced in addressing the issues concerned with food crime.

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#BrumElliott session 3 – Birmingham, the eyes and ears for the UK?

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What resources are needed to make change happen? What changes in the way we work together would need to take place?

Education – first, an acceptance has to be made that there is a problem. The food industry needs to link issues of food crime with the health and wellbeing agenda. Education in schools is key. Jamie Oliver tried to fix school meals and met huge blocks to making progress. Progress has been made, but it has been a huge effort.

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Session 2 – What does the ideal scenario look like?

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Session 1 identified possible gaps and weaknesses in the food supply network. Table 3 of local businesses has been asked to imagine it’s April 2017 and there is zero food crime on their patch

Questions considered…

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#BrumElliott Session 2: What does the ideal scenario look like?

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So, what would perfection look like? Quite different to what it is today and to get there tougher penalties and education are key to restoring confidence.

People used to have a connection to food in that you knew the market stall holder or the butcher. Can we restore that?

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Session 1: ‘It all comes down to price for consumers’ – a discussion with local businesses

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Live blog notes from session 1 at The Elliott Review in Birmingham. Here on Table 3 for the first session – What’s happening now in Birmingham? – are a number of people from local businesses in Birmingham.

Questions discussed:

What is happening now in your part of the food supply network that might be or is linked to food crime?

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#BrumElliott Session 1: ‘I eat at Michelin-starred restaurants so I can be confident of my food.’

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You don’t have to scratch too deep to start hearing horror stories – and the rumour of horror stories – when it comes to food as one group at the New Optimists event.

Food safety affects the poorest people in society and that’s a worry.

People are desperate to feed the kids.

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Introduction and welcome – with a stark warning

What is the Elliott Review? It’s the government’s own investigation into the horse meat scandal led by Professor Chris Elliott.
Who are the New Optimists? A group of scientists and others from the West Midlands who are applying a wide range of thinking to social problems and help inform decision making.

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Elliott Review: Birmingham

ElliottReview_imagesKey people from across the food supply network in Birmingham will be participating in a workshop we’re co-hosting with the Elliott Review team on 2nd April.

As I reported when the interim Elliott Review report was published last December, we were already planning with the Review team how Birmingham could meet the challenge of widespread food crime.

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