Phil Metcalfe- Chartered Environmentalist & Chartered Engineer, ADAS

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    Speaker Bio:

    Phil Metcalfe is a chartered environmentalist (CEnv) and chartered engineer (CEng) with over 41 years of experience in agri-environmental management consultancy and research, providing engineering solutions and strategic planning on a diverse range of disciplines. Phil delivers waste management policy advice for Governments including environmental impact assessment, socio-economic review, recommendations and development of improved environmentally friendly farming practices, processing, recycling to land of waste derived organic products and carbon management. Before joining ADAS in 1975 he worked as a technical designer in the aircraft industry. 


    Presentation Title:

    Identification and prioritisation of risks to food safety and quality associated with the use of recycled waste-derived materials in agriculture and other aspects of food

    Presentation Synopsis:

    Due to the increased importance of resource efficiency and sustainability, there is greater interest in the re-use and recycling of waste and waste-derived materials, and an expanding range of routes via which food could be exposed to these materials. These need to be identified and prioritised so that potential risks to food safety can be appropriately assessed and managed. The aim of this project was to allow the FSA to identify the waste and waste-derived materials and recycling routes of most concern, with the emphasis on consumer safety.

    Drawing on previous experience, the project team collated a database of waste and waste-derived materials, potentially hazardous agents and exposure routes that are known to (or could) impact on food safety, including a wide array of recycled waste materials and practices employed in the UK, EU and other countries around the world. A horizon scanning exercise to identify emerging concerns was also undertaken including at a Stakeholder Workshop to which key food chain stakeholders invited were invited. The qualitative priority ranking methodology allowed a large number of diverse waste derived materials and recycling modes to be compared (including land spreading, animal bedding, animal feed and packaging), offering a flexible tool which could be used in future as a method for screening and comparing risks from novel recycled materials and recycling routes, and emerging potentially hazardous agents

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