A two-day-symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management was recently presented by MoniQA in Bari, Italy on the 26 and 27 January 2016. The program sought to bring together science and innovation, good manufacturing practice, risk assessment and risk management, learnings from recent experiences and innovative approaches to meet new challenges in food safety and quality.
Robin Sherlock, Allergen Bureau Director and Technical Manager DTS Food Assurance ( FACTA), presented on “VITAL 2.0 – how industry benefits from food allergen management support tools”. Robin described the overarching scientic approach to the VITAL Program based around the Reference Doses of the VITAL Scientific Expert Panel (Taylor et al 2014). The need for a robust allergen management plan as an essential pre-requisite of a VITAL risk assessment was emphasised. Benefits to allergic consumer and benefits to the food industry from a standardised allergen risk assessment process were highlighted.
A summary of the Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management Symposium has been kindly provided to the Allergen Bureau by Michael Walker, Referee Analyst in the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, LGC, United Kingdom. The Allergen Bureau wishes to thank Michael and LGC for their permission in making available this symposium summary for Allergen Bureau readers.
Visit the MoniQA Bari2017 website for more information about the symposium http://bari2017.moniqa.org/