25 February 2020

Food Standards Agency Allergy Symposium 2020

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Welcome to the Food Standards Agency Allergy Symposium 2020. 

At the FSA we are putting people with food allergy and intolerance at the front and centre of our prioritites.  

As part of our programme of work on food hypersensitivity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we are delighted to have you join us in this event which brings together industry, consumer groups, enforcement agencies and clinicians. 

We have an ambition of improving the quality of life for food hypersensitive consumers and would would like to invite you to be part of this vision.

At this event we aim to share evidence, expand our understanding of food hypersensitivity, examine the challenges of allergen management while showcasing best practise and supporting food businesses to achieve compliance.

We know we cannot eliminate the risks, but with your help, we can make it easier for people to manage them.

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Agenda

Please note the agendas are subject to change.

FSA Food Allergy Symposium 2020 — full schedule

February 25th, 09:30 - 16:00

Registration

Registration, tea and coffee - main foyer

Welcome and keynote address

  • Heather Hancock — Chair, FSA

Our vision for the food hypersensitive consumer

Living with allergies – the reality

Getting under the skin: Understanding the causes and diagnosis of allergies
  • Dr Paul Turner — Clinician Scientist / Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology, Imperial College London
A day in my life: Caring for a child with food allergies
  • Alexa Baracaia — Allergy influencer/advocate

Break

Break with tea and coffee - main foyer area

Effective allergen management

Let’s talk about allergies
  • Carla Jones — Chief Executive, Allergy UK
The enforcement angle – Reporting and acting on incidents
  • Christina Heeley — Service Manager, Trading Standards, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Keeping your customers safe
  • Rupi Zani — Director of Safety and Wellbeing, Pizza Express
Panel discussion

Lunch

Lunch with tea and coffee - main foyer. Please note, lunch can be taken back to the main room for comfort/convenience

Workshop sessions:

FSA’s vision that will direct its forthcoming 5-year strategy is: ‘To improve the quality of life for people living with food hypersensitivities and support them to make safe and informed choices to effectively manage risk’.  To deliver FSA's vision there are themes which we invite you to explore and propose actions for: 

Consumers
  1. How much responsibility should a food business have in helping consumers manage their condition when eating out and how much responsibility should consumers have?
  2. What would make it easier for people to articulate their allergen information needs, when eating out with friends, colleagues and peer groups?
  3. What technology or systems could help the food allergic consumer manage their condition better when eating out or food shopping?
Food Business Operators
  1. How much responsibility should a food business have in helping consumers manage their condition when eating out and how much responsibility should consumers have?
  2. Is there a central system within your company that enables the reporting of allergen incidents by your customers?
  3. How do you manage the provision of allergen information within your business and how would you improve your system?
Enforcement/Local Authorities
  1. What are the barriers to the delivery of allergen controls and how could collaboration across local authorities be improved?  
  2. What powers are you currently using to enforce allergen controls and what are the challenges to using these?  
  3. What additional materials would help LAs in assessing businesses to ensure they have effective allergen safeguards in place?

Networking break

Networking break with tea and coffee – main foyer

Emerging challenges and opportunities in the food chain

How technology can help
  • Tarryn Gorre — Co-Founder, Kafoodle
  • Caroline Monkhouse Flower — COO, Kafoodle
Getting the supply chain right
  • Darryl Thomson BSc. MIH. MRSPH. — Chairman, UK Hospitality Food Experts Group
Industry perspective on food allergens in an expanding vegan and free-from market
  • Dr Jayne Hipkiss — Global SRA Director Regulatory Compliance, Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK and Chair, FDF’s Allergens Steering Group
  • Dr Stella Cochrane — Science Leader, Allergy and Immunology, Unilever UK and Deputy Chair, FDF’s Allergens Steering Group
Panel Session

Our food hypersensitivity strategy

  • Michael Wight — Deputy Director of Policy, FSA

The FSA – our work moving forward

Closing session

  • Michael Wight — Deputy Director of Policy, FSA

Speakers

Venue

Ideally located in the West End within walking distance of the Victoria London train station, the Park Plaza Victoria London provides guests with a convenient transportation link to Gatwick Airport. The hotel is also close to coach, bus and Underground stations.

Contact Us

01772 767736 / fsaallergyevent@glasgows.co.uk

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