Insuring food safety: What's on the menu?

06 Oct 2016

Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland

About

There are many reasons to recall food. It could be because of salmonella or listeria poisoning or because of failure to notify of potential allergens, such as milk or wheat; it could be that products contain foreign objects such as glass or metal fragments.

There is one factor that food recalls have in common - they are expensive. A US survey revealed that over half of the companies that had experienced a product recall reported recall costs in excess of USD 10 million, some even costing more than USD 100 million. The costs for public health of US recalls in 2013 amounted to a staggering USD 15.6 billion.

And the aggregate numbers of recalls are growing. They are growing as supply chains become stretched; as demand for convenience food increases; as consumers become more aware; and as regulators become more active.

At the conference we will consider how the food industry can intensify its efforts to ensure greater food safety and how the insurance industry can help to mitigate emerging risks. A range of experts from food producers, food safety organisations, academic research and insurance will discuss key issues and consider best-case responses.



Agenda

Thursday, 6 October 2016
Moderator: Ramiro Dip, Senior Risk Engineer, Swiss Re

08:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00

Welcome and introduction
Steve Arora, Head Casualty Underwriting Reinsurance, Member of Reinsurance Executive Committee, Swiss Re

09:10

Food recall trends and the role of social media
Vince Shiers, Managing Director, RQA Group

09:45

Approach to crisis management: Protecting a global brand
Christophe Guillon, Operations Director, Findus Southern Europe

10:15

Case Study: Claims, pricing and accumulation
Sarah Anderegg, Business Steering Specialist, Swiss Re
Christian Lang, Senior Claims Expert, Attorney at Law, Swiss Re
Felix Rosenbaum, Senior Casualty Modeller, Swiss Re

10:45

Coffee break

11:15

Breakout sessions

  • Tracking food's microbiome to improve food safety
    Robin Lougee, Research Industry Lead, Consumer Products & Agriculture, IBM Research

  • Functional food and nutraceuticals: Is there any scientific evidence for health claims?
    Gerhard Rechkemmer, President and Professor, Max Rubner-Institute

  • Global supply chain: Compliance with international standards and logistical challenges
    Michael E. Kampmann, Managing Director, Swiss Food Quality Business AG

12:00

Lunch

13:30

Breakout sessions (repeat of earlier sessions)

14:15

Global food safety: The role of the food industry
Anita Scholte op Reimer, Vice-Chair Board of Directors, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and Senior Director Quality Assurance and Product Sustainability, Albert Heijn

14:45

Coffee break

15:15

Emerging risks and technological advances
Béatrice Conde-Petit, Head Analytical Laboratory, Bühler Technologies

15:45

Food safety: The role of insurance in risk mitigation
Jürg Busenhart, Senior Product Manager, Swiss Re
Melissa Li, Junior Economist - Graduate, Swiss Re

16:15

Telling the story through artwork
Richard Braitsch, Illustrator

16:30

Closing remarks
Eric Schuh, Head Casualty Centre, Swiss Re


This event may be photographed, filmed and/ or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Speakers

General Information

Conference

Insuring food safety: What's on the menu?

Date

6 October 2016

Venue

Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
Gheistrasse 37
8803 Rüschlikon
Switzerland
Telephone +41 43 285 8100

Conference language

English

Conference fee

There is no conference fee for this event.

Registration

Participation is by invitation only. Please contact Sabina_Fahrni@swissre.com if you are interested in attending this event.

Dress code

Business

Hotel accommodation

Please refer to the separate accommodation tab.

Transportation to and from the Centre

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Airport transfers will be the responsibility of the participants.

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Meals and refreshments

Lunch, coffee and refreshments will be served on 6 October 2016.

If you have a special meal or dietary requirement, please note it on the registration form.

Cancellation

For cancellation, please contact sabina_fahrni@swissre.com or +41 43 285 8852.

Disclaimer

This event may be photographed, videotaped, filmed and/or recorded. A summary of the event, pictures and/or a video of the event in which you may appear may be posted and made available on Swiss Re’s and the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue’s internal and external websites and in printed materials.

Antitrust statement

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Registration/Hotel Accommodation

Registration
Participation is by invitation only. Click here to register.

Hotel accommodation at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
A limited number of rooms are available at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. In order to reserve a hotel room we kindly ask you to send us an email to: FrontOffice_Rueschlikon@swissre.com indicating your arrival and departure date.

The rate is CHF 300 per night/person including breakfast.

Publications

 

 

Food safety in a globalised world

Risk management tools that ensure our food is safe already exist, but they must be applied and adapted to ever more complex global markets and supply chains. Adaptation also means spreading lessons learned. This publication is part of the process.

Click here to access the publication.

 

Food safety: international regulatory dynamics

This report provides an overview of the food industry and the hazards associated with it.

Click here to access the publication.

 

Food safety in comparison: EU - Italy - USA

With combined revenues of EUR 1.5 billion, the US and EU markets represent some of the largest food markets globally. What are the key trends relating to food safety?

Click here to access the publication.