Allergen Conference | 26th June 2024 | University of Birmingham | Allergy Companions

Hospitality News 03.05.2024

We are pleased to announced our 2nd Joint Allergen Management Conference organised by the University of Birmingham‘s Food Safety Group from the School of Chemical Engineering and Allergy Companions Ltd.  

Food allergies pose significant challenges for individuals and the hospitality industry alike. As the prevalence of food allergies continues to rise globally, it is imperative for the hospitality sector to adapt and innovate to ensure the safety and satisfaction of all customers.

This conference aims to explore the current landscape of food allergy management and identify future challenges and opportunities for the hospitality sector.

Experts from various fields will come together to share insights, best practices, and innovative solutions to enhance food allergy management in hospitality settings. Join us as we chart the course for the future of food allergy management in the hospitality sector. The day will be comprised of guest speakers, discussion groups and panels.

“What’s Next for Food Allergy Management? Future Challenges and Opportunities for Hospitality”

Below is a full breakdown of the agenda for the day:

09.00-09.30: Registration, coffee & tea
09.30-9.40: Welcome

Best practice in food allergen management
09.40 – 10.05: Sioned Hatcher-Evans, Technical Director at Food Alert, “Influencing best practice in allergen
10.05 – 10.30: Sarah Delaney, UK and Ireland Food Safety Manager at IKEA, “The IKEA approach: why our allergen process is there to protect our customers”
10.30 – 10.55: Liljia Polo-Richards, Director & Founder at Allergy Companions, “Why dialogue between hospitality and consumers is so important”
10.55 – 11.15: Panel discussion and Q&A

11.15-11.35: Coffee break

11.35 – 11.45: Anna Riley, “The story behind The English Indian

Future legal proposals, developments and eliciting dose
12.10 – 12.35: Hazel Gowland, Allergy Action, “Reactions, regulation, risk…  and real life”
12.35 – 13.00: Panel discussion and Q&A

13.00-14.00: Lunch provided by The English Indian

14.00 –14. 25: Patrick O’Mahony, Chief Specialist, Food, Science and Technology at Food Safety Authority of Ireland, “Allergen management in the Republic of Ireland”
14.25- 14.45: Iain Ferris, Lecturer in Food Safety, Standards & Law at the University of Birmingham, “Road Trip to Ireland – Observations of the Irish model for allergy information and the potential for Owen’s Law.”
14.45 – 15.15: Panel discussion, “Owen’s Law”

15.15 – 15.30: Coffee break

15.30-16.10 & 16.10-16.50: workshops on rotation (choice of 2)
1. Allergens outside the top 14 and other grey areas
2. The vegan debate
3. Engaging and dealing with consumer behaviour

16.50 – 17.00: Closing remark & finish

To book your place click here.

If you’d like more information on our sponsor and exhibitor packages, please contact us.

For group discounts (4 or more), please contact Liljia Polo-Richards or Lisa Winnall.

Event sponsored by Food Alert.