Please note this conference is now fully booked, for more information please email us.

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.

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?

At this topical one-day conference you will hear from 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.

It is run by the RSPH Special Interest Group on Food Safety, and chaired by Professor Lisa Ackerley, RSPH Trustee and food safety adviser to UKHospitality and Dr Hazel Gowland, food allergy expert.

Keynote talks will include:

  • News update – scientific and clinical review of food allergies and intolerances
  • Law update – court case review
  • New initiatives to protect those at risk
  • Consumers and businesses: a shared responsibility
  • Understanding consumer attitudes
  • New food allergy guidelines for businesses
  • Gate-keeping for effective allergen management – the supplier’s perspective
  • Learning lessons: food industry perspectives
  • Case studies of best practice

Who should attend?

An essential update for food safety professionals. 

This conference will bring together legal experts, enforcement officers and those working in retail and manufacturing to provide learning and practical guidance for those supporting and advising food businesses of all kinds; child care, restaurants and hospitality, residential and healthcare, regulators, EHPs and TSOs.

Attendance is worth 5 CPD credits for delegates.

  • 09:30    Registration and refreshments    
  • 10:00    Chair opening remarks: Professor Lisa Ackerley, RSPH Trustee and Food Safety Adviser to UKHospitality
  • 10:10    Allergy update: Hazel Gowland, Food Allergy Expert
  • 10:40    FSA campaign Just Ask – should the public be more responsible for their own health?: Dr Chun-Han Chan Food Allergy and Novel Foods Branch, Food Standards Agency
  • 11:10    Questions and answers: Professor Lisa Ackerley, RSPH Trustee and Food Safety Adviser to UKHospitality
  • 11:20    Refreshments    
  • 11:40    ‘May contain’ understanding the risk for consumers and caterers: Hazel Gowland, Food Allergy Expert
  • 12:10    Allergy Awareness in Lancashire and beyond: A joint initiative to protect consumers and support local businesses: Rachel Wilcock, Recent Principal Trading Standards Officer, Lancashire County Council and Helen Dodds, Food and Safety Manager and CEHP, Hyndburn Borough Council
  • 12:40    Questions and answers: Professor Lisa Ackerley, RSPH Trustee and Food Safety Adviser to UKHospitality
  • 12:50    Lunch    
  • 13:40    Chair opening remarks: Hazel Gowland, Food Allergy Expert
  • 13:50    Legislation update - What legislation is being used to prosecute?: Kathryn Gilbertson, Business Defence, Greenwoods Solicitors
  • 14:20    Understanding how people with food allergies and intolerances make risk decisions when choosing food: Professor Julie Barnett, University of Bath
  • 14:50    Questions and answers    
  • 15:00    Refreshments    
  • 15:20    Managing Supplier Allergen Compliance: Aditi Zutshi, Food Protect UK
  • 15:50    Views from the food industry - panel discussion: Tracey Colbert, Risk and Compliance Director, WAGAMAMA and Robert Kitchen, Head of Safety and Quality Assurance, Nandos UK and Darryl Thomson, Head of Safety, Mitchells and Butlers
  • 16:30    Close    
Booking information

Please note this conference is now fully booked, for more information please email us.

Fees (no VAT payable)

  • RSPH members/EHOs/UKHospitality members: £147 
  • Public sector and charities: £185 
  • Private sector: £205

All public sector, charity and private sector bookings include one-year Associate membership with RSPH. 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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