CIEH to host food allergen labelling roundtable

2 June 2015 

The CIEH to host food allergen labelling roundtable

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is due to host a roundtable where food allergen labelling will be debated by leading experts and food businesses.

Hosted jointly with The Institute of Food Safety Integrity & Protection (TiFSiP), the roundtable will take place on 18 June at one of London’s most sustainable venues, 15Hatfields, and following the event the CIEH and TiFSiP will be launching a whitepaper at an event in September summarising the discussions.

The CIEH is organising the roundtable following an event in March, which helped businesses better understand the new Food Information Regulation and where many of the delegates expressed concerns about the difficulty of providing reliable precautionary statements about allergens present in food products.

The roundtable in June will be attended by industry experts and leading businesses and on the day the delegates will discuss how to provide consumers with allergies with information to make informed choices.

Discussions will centre on:

  1. Consumer expectations with respect to precautionary ‘may contain’ allergen labelling and how they can be balanced with the practical implications of providing such information accurately and consistently.
  2. Developments in allergen detection analytical capabilities and how they may impact on allergen risk assessment, risk communication, and legal responsibilities.
  3. Risk assessment and risk management approaches by food businesses at different stages of the supply chain, to identify potential barriers and opportunities to closer cooperation.
  4. Examples of how food businesses are approaching the issue, and the implications of their approach.
  5. Setting allergen thresholds, regulatory trends and implications for businesses and consumers.

Frank Post, the CIEH’s Executive Director of Commercial Services, said: “No-one wants to see a member of the public come to harm through something they ate and this is why food allergen labelling is such an important issue for both the food industry and their customers.

“Sharing best practice is a high priority for the CIEH and we hope the roundtable, as well as the whitepaper to come out later in the year, helps the industry get to grips with food allergen precautionary labelling.”

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For media enquiries please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org 

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH): 

  • The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved
  • Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities
  • The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection
  • The CIEH is a leading provider of regulated qualifications and operates in over 50 countries
  • 15Hatfields is the organisation’s sustainable events venue www.15hatfields.com 
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