One-day conference from the RSPH Special Interest Group on Food Safety, chaired by Professor Lisa Ackerley, RSPH Trustee and food safety adviser to UKHospitality and Hazel Gowland, food allergy expert.

Five years after the Food Information to Consumers Regulation, the profile of food allergy throughout the UK and beyond has changed significantly. Previous advice for those at risk to avoid particular food allergens is being fine-tuned; under clinical supervision some babies are now being given allergenic foods to protect them from developing food allergies. Supervised re-introduction of allergens either in everyday foods or through a pharmaceutically prepared up-dosing method is leading to immunotherapy in those already sensitised. Food allergen avoidance is increasingly complex, and practical strategies for clear communication between consumers and food suppliers ever more essential.

Progress on ‘may contain’ labelling and the management of risks associated with possible allergen contamination is underway, now recognising the added dimension of ‘severity’ as well as ‘dose’ – not only how much is too much? but what symptoms may be triggered? and what other factors influence those symptoms?

We will hear industry and regulatory perspectives on current developments in allergen management as well as an update on behaviour changes by those at risk to procure food information and manage their own conditions. Presentations will also include a review into criminal and civil cases involving food allergens, and an update on lessons learned from recent investigations following ‘near misses’ and fatal anaphylaxis.

Who should attend?
This conference will provide an excellent update on allergies in the context of food safety and food description. It will deliver essential learning and practical guidance for those supporting and advising food businesses of all kinds; child care, schools and universities, restaurants and hotels, travel and transport, residential and healthcare, regulators and food lawyers as well as food scientists, technologists, EHPs and TSOs.


Keynote talks will include:

  • An update on current news and science surrounding allergies
  • Discussion on the public's responsibility
  • New food allergy guidelines update
  • Case studies of best practice
  • Current cases and legislation update
  • Understanding those with allergies or intolerances
  • The view of the supplier
  • The view of the food industry

Full programme will be available nearer to the event.

Booking information

Fees (no VAT payable)
RSPH members and SIG members: £147 (early bird £132)
Public sector and charities: £185 (early bird £166)
Private sector: £205 (early bird £185)

Early bird fees available until Friday 26th October 2018.

All public sector, charity and private sector bookings include one-year Associate membership with the Royal Society for Public Health. The RSPH membership team will be in contact after the conference to arrange this.

Cheques must be made payable to RSPH. Please note, places are guaranteed only upon receipt of payment and payments must be received by RSPH 4 weeks prior to the conference.

Cancellation: Substitutions can be made at any time. If notification is received 8 weeks prior to the course, a full refund will be made minus an administration charge of £40. Cancellations received after this time will receive no refund. Please note that notification of cancellation must be made in writing. The organisers reserve the right to change the timings and/or identity of the speakers.

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