Sam Jennings photo Feb 2017b

Sam Jennings BSc, FIFST

Sam Jennings provides advice to industry and governments globally on scientific, technical and regulatory aspects of food, particularly in relation to food supplements and functional foods. She offers support for dossier production for submission to the Commission and EFSA, particularly for novel foods, food additives and health claims, and is currently an industry adviser on health claims applications and the permitted use of nutrition and health claims under the EU Regulation. Sam was part of a team of reviewers who assessed submissions from industry to the consortium of European food trade associations’ list of Article 13 health claims submitted in 2007.

Since 2006, Sam has been Technical Adviser to the Council for Responsible Nutrition UK (CRN UK) and, as part of that role, participates in the UK government-led Regulatory Delivery (RD) Business Expert group on Food Standards and Labelling, of which she is Vice-Chair. She has been a member of the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) international Technical Working Group since its conception in 2010, and was appointed Chair of this group in 2012. She has been a member of the IADSA Scientific Council since 2006.

Sam has led international working groups in the production of global technical guidance documents for the supplement industry, many of which can also be applied to functional foods. The published documents include a global guide to good manufacturing practice (GMP) for supplements, guidelines on the handling of complaints of adverse events, guidelines on the preparation and use of certificates of analysis for supplement ingredients, shelf-life recommendations for supplements and stability testing for the shelf-life determination of supplements. Sam has also assisted in the production of an EU-focussed GMP guide for food supplements and a specific EU GMP guide for botanical preparations. She is also part of a team working on a quality project for the ASEAN governments.

Sam is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) in the UK and is active on the IFST Food Law Group. She is also a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, USA and of the Society of Dairy Technology in the UK. Sam has authored and co-authored papers on a variety of food-related topics, and has also co-authored a number of chapters in books on food science, food technology and food law, a recent one of which has been translated and published in China and Russia. She was one of the editors of, and contributor to, the 3rd edition of the UK Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)’s ‘Technical Guide for the Manufacture of Food Supplements’ (2009) and is joint editor, and contributor to, a new text book by the CRN UK Technical Committee (publication due early 2017). Sam was assistant editor of the ‘International Review of Food Science and Technology’ (2008 and 2009) and now peer reviews papers for journals.

Sam has presented to governments and industry worldwide on topics including stability of food supplements, EU food law, GMP, purchasing quality ingredients and other technical issues as required. She also runs tailored workshops for companies on EU food law and claims.

Sam was directly involved with the Codex Committee on Food Additives from 2013 to 2016 and, from 2014, attended the annual meetings as Head of Delegation and spokesperson for IADSA, an accredited NGO under Codex Alimentarius.