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Food crime musical: Live audience of 2.5K & #StopFoodCrime trending #3

THTF adding the danceWhile The Hand That Feeds, the food crime musical outside St Martin in the Bullring on Saturday 14th May was buzzing a great audience, our hashtag #StopFoodCrime was trending third in the UK.

Over 2.5K people stopped to watch our live show. We know, we counted ’em! And a very appreciative audience they were too.

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#StopFoodCrime . . . Food Crime: The Musical! . . . 14th May . . .

FoodCrime_TheMusicalMidday or 2:30pm on 14th May outside St Martin’s in the Bull Ring is a date for your diary.

Two public performances of Food Crime: The Musical! right slap bang in Birmingham city centre.

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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.


Elliott Review: Workshop outputs

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The Elliott Review was set up by HM Government in response to the horsemeat scandal; they asked the Prof to lead it. A great choice; he’s Director of the Global Food Safety Institute as well as a top-notch molecular bioscientist.

The Prof asked us to help him and his Review team draw a case study of how a major UK city could tackle food crime for inclusion in their final Report.

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Chris Elliott of the Elliott Review – why Birmingham can make a difference

Chris Elliot at the New optimists contribution to his review of food crime in the uk

Chris Elliot at the New optimists contribution to his review of food crime in the uk

 

“I’ve had 200 meetings so far – this has been the most interesting.”  was what Professor Chris Elliot told the room at the end of today’s New Optimist session on the Elliot Review.  We’d spent the day talking about how a major city can tackle 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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#BrumElliott: A brilliant group of people coming on 2nd April

There’ll be  over 50 people at Aston Villa Conference Centre at the Elliott Review Birmingham workshop on 2nd April.

Chris_ElliottThey’re from all over the food supply network in the city, plus (of course!) a sprinkling of New Optimist scientists. They’ll be exploring what Birmingham can do to tackle food crime, along with Professor Chris Elliott himself (see left) and his Elliott Review team.

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Interim report of the Elliott Review: Food crime the key message

Interim report of the Elliott Review

“My review to date has identified a worrying lack of knowledge regarding the extent to which we are dealing with criminals infiltrating the food industry. I believe criminal networks have begun to see the potential for huge profits and low risks in this area. The food industry and thus consumers are currently vulnerable,” Professor Chris Elliott says in his Preface to his interim report.

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The brilliant impact of the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project to date

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blogpost about why The New Optimists Forum took food as its topic for the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project.

I’m pretty used to good things happening as a result of putting scientists and other well-informed people in a room together, especially if you give ’em tasty food and an important topic to bend their minds upon.

Ideas tumble out, analysis of what’s been said reveal yet more interesting stuff and then . . .  new shiny things emerge.

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