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May 19 2022 @ 10:30 am 11:30 am


In this webinar we will focus on how the nature of food crime in the cold chain is evolving in an increasingly uncertain world. We will examine the key risks to businesses and the wider supply chain following Brexit and other recent world events, including human trafficking and rising fraud, and focus on advice and tools for businesses on how they can protect against the risks, remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.


– Hear first hand from the Government body set up to prevent food crime, the National Food Crime Unit, the current safety threats affecting UK food businesses and resources available to secure your supply chain.

– Listen and take part in a discussion on the challenge of assuring food safety whilst moving toward a more environmentally sustainable food system with an internationally renowned food safety expert from Exponent International and the Cold Chain Federation’s Policy Director.

– Learn about the rise of modern slavery in supply chains from charity Stronger2Gether, including how you can support their work, spotting the signs and what to do should you suspect people are at risk.

– Put your questions to our experts!



Sean Daly, Relationship Manager, National Food Crime Unit

Sean Daly is a Relationship Manager with the Outreach team of the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) at the Food Standards Agency. His background is in policing, having completed a 30 year career as a Police Officer before joining the NFCU in 2018.

The National Food Crime Unit (NFCU) was established in 2015 following a review of the 2013 horse meat incident and is a dedicated law enforcement function of the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The unit provides leadership on food crime across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and works closely with the Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit within Food Standards Scotland (Opens in a new window).

Dr Rachel Ward, Managing Scientist, Exponent International Limited  

Dr. Rachel Ward is a highly experienced risk management advisor and technical counsel with 25+ years’ experience in the food sector working with multinational food manufacturers and retailers, University spin outs and SME start-ups.

Rachel spent 15 years working as scientific affairs and risk manager lead in Europe with a major blue-chip multinational food manufacturer and since 2012, she has worked as a consultant providing independent risk analysis and technical insights to steer strategy and best practice standards, facilitate regulatory compliance and build risk management models, specializing in allergenicity, supply chain assurance and risk prevention for food and food supplements.

Rachel is also active in the UK Institute of Food Science and Technology Food Regulatory special interest group and Scientific Committee promoting the translation of science, regulatory developments and emerging issues for members and wider stakeholders.

Hannah Lerigo-Stephens, Business Liaison Manager, Stronger2gether

Hannah works as Business Liaison Manager at Stronger Together, a global not-for-profit which works with brands and businesses of all sizes and sectors, to offer practical training and guidance on modern slavery and responsible recruitment in the workplace and supply chains. Hannah’s role involves working across all Stronger Together’s programmes covering consumer goods, construction, warehouse & logistics and apparel, in addition to creating bespoke solutions for businesses wanting support tailored to their business’ risks and requirements.

Prior to joining Stronger Together, Hannah worked at the modern slavery research centre Rights Lab as Head of Business Engagement and Impact, and also worked for a number of years in human rights and ethical trade roles at two large UK food retailers, managing labour standards and modern slavery risks in global supply chains.

Hannah is passionate about the positive impact that business can have on global human rights standards and the power of fair work for empowering individuals. She is excited to be talking with CCF members to share the work Stronger Together are doing and hear about the challenges faced by the chilled warehouse and logistics sector.