The Members and colleagues of the Allergen Bureau are deeply saddened by the recent passing of our wonderful friend Julie.
Julie was instrumental in the incorporation of the Allergen Bureau as an industry not-for-profit organisation, being an inaugural Director and the first Honorary Treasurer of the Allergen Bureau Ltd.
Julie had a strong pursuit for clarity in everything she did and this was no more evident than in the way she led and drove outcomes on the Allergen Bureau working groups. The two projects that Julie was most proud of were the allergen labelling exemptions project and the development of the VITAL® Best Practice Labelling Guide for Australia and New Zealand. Both these projects have a direct impact on the way we consider and label allergens today and are testament to Julie’s outcome orientated approach.
Julie was a fabulous food allergen advocate and immersed herself in all the allergen science as well as communication. Julie really believed that robust evidence based science was how she could help support the food allergic community and, at the same time, help develop the reputation of the food industry at a global level.
Everything that Julie achieved at the Allergen Bureau is a testament to her drive and passion for the allergic consumer and for food safety. We miss her dearly.
Our sincere condolences to Julie’s husband Gary and her family.
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