With the provision of new allergen Reference Doses from the VITAL Scientific Expert Panel, the Allergen Bureau is working to incorporate these 2019 Reference Doses into the VITAL Program Version 3.0.
Key VITAL Program resources that will be updated include:
- The Food Industry Guide to the VITAL Program;
- VITAL Online – the user-friendly, web-based VITAL Calculator; and
- The VITAL Training Package (i.e. material provided to VITAL Training Providers).
The VITAL Phase 3 – Certification Working Group was formed to develop external verification of specific products showing the VITAL process is in control.
A VITAL Scheme has now been developed comprising the, i) auditable ‘VITAL Standard’; and ii) rules and processes to be followed by accredited certification bodies – to meet ISO 17065.
VITAL certification will apply on a site-by-site basis and is site and product specific. The VITAL Standard is designed as an extra module for sites that are already certified to a GFSI-recognised food safety management scheme and have documented and implemented a HACCP based Allergen Management Program.
The VITAL Program Version 3.0 and supporting resources and the VITAL Standard are scheduled for launch at the Allergen Bureau AGM and Member Meeting, Sydney, on 24 October 2019.
Allergen Bureau members and VITAL users will be informed of changes to VITAL through the Allergen Bureau website, our monthly eNews and ad hoc eAlerts.
Engagement with key stakeholders on the key changes to VITAL and the implications for industry and consumers will be held throughout the remainder of 2019.