By Allergen Bureau

Stakeholder Consensus Statement for Food Allergen Management in Packaged Foods and Food Service for Australia and New Zealand

The recent announcements of funding to address allergy and anaphylaxis shows both the significance of this health-related concern, and the dedication in our region to solving or providing outcomes that assist those impacted.  In Australia and New Zealand, we are incredibly fortunate to collaborate closely with regulators, clinicians and advocacy groups such as Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia or Coeliac Australia. This collaboration is considered unique to other parts of the world.  

There is no better example to showcase this collaboration than the Allergen Bureau’s participation in the key stakeholder engagement meetings which resulted in the development of a consensus statement.  This statement recognises that food allergen management responsibilities are combined, and rely on the shared responsibility of consumer, the packaged food industry and food service establishments, along with health professionals, retailers, and regulatory and enforcement agencies to provide safe food choices to food allergic consumers.  The summary of this paper and key outcomes was recently released and are available for readers on our website, together with a link for those wishing to purchase the full document.

The Allergen Bureau is fortunate to have a mature, cross functional infrastructure that recognises the need for a 360 approach to provide the best outcomes for consumers.  This approach is featured at the biannual FAMS conference, with the upcoming 2023 event marking the 5th annual forum.  The Allergen Bureau is working hard with organising committee partners in planning FAMS 2023, the premier Southern Hemisphere symposium dedicated to assembling the world’s best minds across the spectrum of food allergen management.

FAMS always brings together a holistic symposium program covering the latest issues in food allergen management and is targeted at everyone working in the food allergen space. 

Please watch this space, with more details to follow on conference dates and schedule.