Food Allergy Forum Report and New Youtube Channel

On 1st-3rd April 2019 the 2nd Food Allergy Forum was held in Amsterdam. The conference hosted speakers coming from Europe, North-America and Australia and offered a mixed approach to the topic: regulatory, clinical and scientific.

It was the perfect occasion to launch our new YouTube Channel and start with Bert Popping and FOCOS our new editorial project: 100” Food News.  Huge thanks to Bert and Carmen Diaz Amigo for the stunning graphics. Subscribe our YouTube channels and stay tuned for more news!

During the first day the most discussed issue was the opportunity to finally define thresholds for the use of precautionary allergen statements on the labels. Some regulators were pretty shy on the topic, explaining how we do not have conclusive data for all the food allergens and for all subjects’ categories. Very true, as well as the fact that the industry is taking responsibility every day in managing such situations and deciding how to protect consumers: after 20 years of discussions I think it’s time for the regulators to step in, Codex Alimentarius included. Maybe we would not have the best thresholds/action levels possible, but at least we will have something to work on and an instrument to standardized the approach. Today many countries are defining their own thresholds through soft law and non-binding guidance, and the outputs might differ greatly.

Would we really think that a jungle of different numbers would help the industry to adopt a more rationale approach to the precautionary allergen labeling? And what about consumers understanding of such indications?

This and much more in the first 100” Food News and in Bert’s full report about the conference.

Food on the move conference (London, 27th March 2019)

The age of food delivery has arrived and it is changing the food service sector as never before. While providing great commercial opportunity, it has also introduced challenges to the way food is produced, packaged and delivered.

On 27th March I’ll be speaking at the 1st Food on the Move Conference, at the stunning Barbican Center, London.

My speech (2 pm) will be focused on legal obligations of food delivery businesses and how to mitigate the risks related to food safety and bad media exposure.

You can see here the full program: more than 50 thought leaders and innovators will address all the challenges and developments for food delivery operators: from food safety to packaging, from sustainability to new technologies and equipments.

And you can still subscribe at the following link: https://foodonthemove.today/tickets/

You can follow the conference on social media:

Twitter – @foodonthemoveto

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Food-on-the-Move-Today-405773253331292/

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/food-on-the-move-today/

I will be in London until 29th March in the morning, in case you’d like to meet and share a coffee.