7th International Fresenius Conference "Food Allergens"

12.11. - 13.11.2018, Dorint Pallas Wiesbaden/Germany

7th International Fresenius Conference "Food Allergens"

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Übersicht

Highlights

Food allergy – clinical background and food allergen risk assessment

  • Clinical aspects of food allergy
  • Available threshold data, including iFAAM
  • From clinical thresholds to risk based action levels
  • Allergenicity assessment of novel proteins: EFSA GMO guidance documents
  • Application of threshold levels: VITAL® 2.0 and its impact

Analytical approaches

  • Evaluation of ELISA testkits and LFD rapid tests
  • Using PCR for DNA based allergen detection
  • Mass spectrometry – a targeted approach
  • Towards reference materials for food allergens
  • Verifying VITAL® 2.0 reference doses for EU allergens

Food allergen risk management

  • Allergen assessment and management – UK, EU and global activities
  • Cleaning as an effective allergen cross-contamination control
  • Food allergen incident risk prevention
  • Update on minimising precautionary allergen labelling

Food allergen risk communication

  • Food allergen withdrawal/recall: Risk assessment and communication challenges
  • Free from foods industry best practice guidance
  • Is allergen risk communication working for consumers now?

Who do you meet?

Groups that should take part:

Managing directors, boards of directors, members of supervisory boards, managers and employees in the fields of:

  • Quality control
  • Analysis
  • Research and development
  • Legal and regulatory affairs
  • Diagnosis and therapy

Sectors that should take part:

  • Food industry, e.g. manufacturers of food products, novel foods, food ingredients
  • Food retailing
  • Catering industries
  • Regulatory authority, e.g. food inspection offices
  • Contract laboratories
  • Research institutes
  • NGOs and public interest groups
  • Medical institutes

Programm

Get-Together on Sunday, 11 November 2018

If you arrive on Sunday, feel free to come to the hotel bar at 8 p.m. and meet other participants and speakers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Monday, 12 November 2018

9.00 Registration & coffee

9.30 Welcoming speech by Akademie Fresenius and the Chair

Thomas Holzhauser, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI), Germany

Clinical background / food allergen risk assessment

9.40 Clinical aspects of food allergy – an overview

  • Most important / most common allergens in Europe
  • Emerging food allergens – are they covered by mandatory labelling?
  • How to establish clinical eliciting doses?

Barbara Ballmer-Weber, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Switzerland

10.05 Threshold data – what do we still need to know?

  • Current status of available threshold data, gaps remaining and plans to address them
  • Curation of threshold data for use in risk assessment
  • Factors affecting threshold dose and relationship with severity

Clare Mills, University of Manchester, UK

10.30 From clinical thresholds to risk-based action levels

  • The role of thresholds in risk assessment and management
  • How reference doses are derived from the clinical data for that purpose and the implications of doing so
  • The issue of tolerable risk

René Crevel, René Crevel Consulting, UK

10.55 Panel discussion

11.20 Coffee break

11.50 Prioritisation of allergenic foods with respect to public health relevance

  • A framework for prioritisation of existing allergenic foods for risk management measures (i.e. food labelling)
  • Possible development into a framework for risk management decision making regarding novel foods

Geert Houben, TNO, The Netherlands

12.15 Practical application of threshold levels: VITAL® 2.0 and its impact

  • VITAL and its application to food allergen risk assessment
  • VITAL best practice
  • International uptake of VITAL

Robin Sherlock, Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management, Australia

12.40 Panel discussion

13.00 Lunch

Analytical approaches

14.30 Evaluation of ELISA test kits and LFD rapid tests (antibody-based methods)

  • View from a user and advantages/disadvantages
  • Experiences from ring trials
  • Critical discussion of single method use

Simon Flanagan, Reading Scientific Services, UK

14.55 Using PCR for DNA based allergen detection

  • View from a contract lab and how it works
  • Advantages/disadvantages and experiences from ring trials/proficiency testings
  • Critical discussion of single method use

Martin Röder, ifp – Institut für Produktqualität, Germany

15.20 Mass spectrometry – a targeted approach for screening allergens in food within iFAAM

  • View from a user – a targeted approach
  • Advantages/disadvantages
  • Experience as participant in a ring trial

Kathrin Lauter, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria

15.45 Panel discussion16.15 Coffee break

16.45 Towards reference materials (RM) for food allergens

  • Worldwide availability of reference materials (not limited to MoniQA)
  • Quality requirements for reference materials
  • Validation of reference materials

Roland Ernest Poms, MoniQA Association, Austria

17.10 Verifying VITAL® 2.0 reference doses for EU allergens: Suitability of analytical methods

  • Analytical detection of VITAL® 2.0 reference doses in different serving sizes
  • Description of relevant factors of uncertainty with regard to quantification
  • Potential research efforts to close the gap

Thomas Holzhauser

17.35 Panel discussion

18.00 End of the first conference day

18.45 Departure time for the evening event

After the first conference day Akademie Fresenius would like to invite you to a leisurely evening at the vineyard Allendorf in the wine-growing region Rheingau. You have the opportunity of better getting to know other participants you met during the day over a relaxed wine tasting and meal. Don´t miss out on this opportunity!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Chair: Rachel Ward, r.ward consultancy, UK

Food allergen risk management

8.15 Cleaning as an effective allergen cross-contamination control

  • Expected best practice including effectiveness of cleaning to remove allergens from different contact surfaces/environment
  • Poor practices and their potential impact
  • Impact of biocides regulations removing certain disinfectants

Peter Littleton, Christeyns Food Hygiene, UK

8.40 Food allergen incident risk prevention – processes to reduce the risk of both accidential and avoidable cross contamination from allergens

Liz Ward, McCormick, UK

9.05 Update on minimising precautionary allergen labelling

  • Industry best practices
  • Issues remaining – lack of common action levels

Marie-Claude Robert, Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland

9.30 Panel discussion

10.00 Coffee break

Risk assessment / regulatory issues

10.30 Food allergen assessment and management – UK, EU and global activities

  • Risk analysis of food allergen incidents – view from the UK: Proportionate approach to food safety enforcement and data needed to conduct meaningful risk assessments
  • Compliance and issues since FIC, precautionary allergen warnings and ‘free from’ claims – a UK/EU perspective
  • Codex new area of work to develop a Code of Practice for allergen management and to review Codex standard for allergen labelling

Chun-Han Chan, Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK

11.05 Regulatory framework for food allergens – a US perspective

  • FDA’s regulatory framework for food allergens (reportable food registry/recalls, food allergen labelling and consumer protection act, and the Food Safety Modernization Act)
  • Preventive controls for food allergens 
  • Remaining issues

Lauren S. Jackson, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA 

11.30 Panel discussion

12.00 Lunch

Chair: Thomas Holzhauser

Food allergy – clinical background and food allergen risk assessment

10.30 Allergenicity assessment of novel proteins: EFSA GMO guidance documents – present and future needs

  • EFSA Panels involved in the safety assessment of proteins
  • Legislative frame work and current guidance documents in place for the safety of (novel) proteins
  • Main requirements of the EFSA GMO guidance documents

Antonio Fernandez Dumont, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

13.25 Questions & answers

Chair: Rachel Ward

Food risk communication

13.35 Risk communication and management of food allergens – the perspective of a governmental agency

  • How does the Swedish Food Agency work with risk analyses of food allergens and which are our target groups?
  • Nordic control project on undeclared allergens
  • Contamination and communication – the Nordic position on ‘may contain‘ labelling and advices for allergic consumers

Ylva Sjögren Bolin, National Food Agency, Sweden

14.00 Food allergen withdrawal/recall: Risk assessment challenges 

  • Latest recall figures & common causes of recalls
  • Application of risk assessment in withdrawal/recall decisions: Industry perspective
  • Using risk assessment to inform robust allergen risk management

Simon Flanagan, Reading Scientific Services, UK

14.25 Coffee break

14.45 Is allergen risk communication working for consumers now?

  • Food allergen labelling after FIC
  • Precautionary allergen labelling (PAL – may contain)
  • ‘Free from’ claims

Sabine Schnadt, German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB), Germany

15.10 ‘Free from‘ foods industry best practice guidance

  • Latest guidance from BRC on ‘free from‘ foods
  • Common questions
  • Tips for robust compliance for ‘free from‘ claims

Andrea Martinez-Inchausti, British Retail Consortium (BRC), UK

15.35 Panel discussion

16.00 End of the conference

Referenten

Name

Unternehmen

Ballmer-Weber

Barbara Ballmer-Weber

Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Switzerland

Barbara Ballmer-Weber is a Professor and the Chief Physician Allergology at the Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen. Her previous work experience includes employment as Chief Physician at the Cantonal Hospital Luzern and as Co-Chair Allergology at the University Hospital Zürich. She is a board member of the Interest Group Food Allergy of the EAACI. She has a particular scientific interest in food allergy with broad international cooperation. She participated in five EU funded projects on food allergy, among others the EuroPrevall project and the iFAAM project.

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Chan

Chun-Han Chan

Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK

Crevel

René Crevel

René Crevel Consulting, UK

René Crevel recently started a consultancy centred on food allergens and their management, following a career at Unilever’s Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre, where he was a Science Leader for Allergy and Immunology. He was responsible for advice and guidance on food allergy and allergen risk assessment and management to Unilever Companies, and for leading Unilever’s food allergy research programme. He is Scientific Advisor to ILSI Europe’s Food Allergy Task Force, which he chaired until recently and holds appointments at the University of Manchester and the University of Nebraska.

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Fernandez Dumont

Antonio Fernandez Dumont

European Food Safety Authority, Italy

Antonio Fernandez Dumont works at the European Food Safety Authority since 2008. He is part of the GMO Unit and his main responsibilities involve the allergenicity risk assessment of proteins. He has coordinated the work of the GMO Panel resulting in the EFSA guidance documents of 2010, 2011 and 2017. The development of an improved strategy for the safety assessment of novel proteins is one of his main current priorities.

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Flanagan

Simon Flanagan

Reading Scientific Services, UK

Simon Flanagan is the Senior Consultant of RSSL's Food Safety Division and heads up technical services in the field of allergens. He is an internationally acclaimed Technical Consultant specialising in the field of food allergens. Simon is biochemist by training who has worked in numerous of sectors of the food industry before joining RSSL 14 years ago. Simon is affiliated with numerous professional bodies, industry groups and technical committees (ILSI Europe, FDF, BRC, EFSA, FSA) and has published several articles in peer reviewed journals and a reference book including the Handbook of Food Allergen Detection and Control.

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Holzhauser

Thomas Holzhauser

Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI), Germany

Thomas Holzhauser is Head of the Section of Recombinant Allergen Therapeutics of the Division of Allergology at the PEI in Langen. He is both assessing the quality of recombinant and synthetic proteins and peptides for allergen specific immunotherapy and performing research in this field and in the area of food allergen identification, characterisation and detection. He currently chairs the ILSI Europe food allergy task force expert group on “Review of suitability of analytical methods for measuring VITAL 2.0® reference doses for EU allergens in foodstuffs”, and serves as an executive member of the WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Sub-Committee.

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Houben

Geert Houben

TNO, The Netherlands

Geert Houben is a Biologist and Toxicologist. He is a Professor at the University of Utrecht and the University Medical Center Utrecht, and Principal Scientist Food Allergy and Immunotoxicology at TNO, The Netherlands. Prior to his current positions, he has had various research and management positions at TNO and various research positions at the University of Utrecht and the University Medical Center Utrecht. He has a strong international involvement in the development and application of probabilistic approaches in food allergy risk assessment and risk management.

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Jackson

Lauren S. Jackson

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA

Lauren S. Jackson is a Food Scientist and the Chief of the Process Engineering Branch (PEB) at the Division of Food Processing Science & Technology/Office of Food Safety (DFPST) at the U.S. FDA. She has expertise in the effects of processing on food constituents and contaminants, food allergen control, the stability of biothreat agents, and the analysis and detection of chemical contaminants and constituents in food. She is actively involved in several committees and member of several societies and is a Scientific Editor for Journal of Food Science and Journal of Food Protection.

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Lauter

Kathrin Lauter

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria

Kathrin Lauter works in the area of immunoanalytics and food allergens at the Center for Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Agrobiotechnology, IFA-Tulln, of the University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna (BOKU). Currently she is finalising her doctoral thesis on LC-MS/MS as complementary method for allergen detection in foods at BOKU Vienna.

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Littleton

Peter Littleton

Christeyns Food Hygiene, UK

Peter Littleton is currently the Technical Director for Christeyns Food Hygiene in UK and addresses the issue of consumer safety with regard to the management of food safety and hygiene within food, beverage and dairy manufacturing / processing operations.. He has worked for over 30 years in a variety of technical, hygiene and production based roles as well as serving as Senior Food Safety Officer for an Environmental Health Department.

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Andrea Martinez-Inchausti

British Retail Consortium (BRC), UK

Mills

Clare Mills

University of Manchester, UK

Clare Mills is a Professor of Molecular Allergology in the Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine in the School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, at the University of Manchester. She was the Co-ordinator of the iFAAM project and the EuroPrevall project and is the Chair of the recently funded EFSA project ThRAll.

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Poms

Roland Ernest Poms

MoniQA Association, Austria

Roland Ernest Poms is Founder and Secretary General of the MoniQA (Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the Total Food Supply Chain) Association. He is also Professor of Food Safety Analytics at BOKU Vienna and has worked as Consultant to FAO since 2016.

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Robert

Marie-Claude Robert

Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland

Marie-Claude Robert works as Scientific Advisor Corporate Allergen Management & Early Warning in the Institute of Food Safety & Analytical Science at Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne. She acts as R&D Expert Food Allergens Management and is in charge of providing scientific guidance and training on food allergen management and food allergen labelling within the Group.

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Röder

Martin Röder

ifp Institut für Produktqualität, Germany

Martin Röder is a Food Chemist and the Head of the R&D working group “development and improvement of food allergen detection methods” at the ifp Institute for Product Qualtity in Berlin. Furthermore, he is an Inspector for “food allergen management” according to ifp’s DIN EN ISO/EC 17020 accreditation as an inspection site. In addition to that, he is partly responsible for the company’s allergen testing services. He joined the ifp in 2012 and has been working on food allergen detection methods since 2005.

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Schnadt

Sabine Schnadt

German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB), Germany

Sabine Schnadt is a registered Dietitian and has been working for the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB) since 1993. She represents DAAB in international networks (EAACI Patient Organisation committee, iFAAA, EFA) and is a member of working groups such as ILSI Europe’s Expert Group on ‘A framework to help define an appropriate level of protection for consumers with food allergies’. In 2011 she initiated and hosts the “Round Table Food Allergy and Allergymanagement”. She contributed as a patient representative to an EFSA pilot project “Focus Group on Allergenicity”. In the recently finished EU funded iFAAM research project on food allergies, she was a speaker of the patient stakeholder group and ExCOMM-member.

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Sherlock

Robin Sherlock

Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management, Australia

Robin Sherlock recently started a consultancy centred on food allergens and their management, following a career as Allergen Bureau Director and Technical Manager DTS Food Assurance (FACT). She has more than 25 years’ experience in clinical microbiology and food science, has extensive experience with food allergen analysis and brings a broad knowledge food allergen management in the food industry. She continues her relationship with the Allergen Bureau as a Technical Advisor and will address food allergen risk assessment using the VITAL programme.

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Sjögren Bolin

Ylva Sjögren Bolin

Swedish National Food Agency, Sweden

Ylva Sjögren Bolin is an Immunologist and a Nutritionist and has been at the Science Department at the National Food Agency in Sweden since 2009. She has worked with analysis of food allergens and risk assessment but now she mainly works with risk management and risk communication.

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Ward

Rachel Ward

r.ward consultancy, UK

Rachel Ward works as an independent risk management consultant, specialising in supply chain quality assurance, risk management and risk analysis with more than 20 years international industry experience in consumer risk protection and regulatory compliance.

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Ward

Liz Ward

McCormick, UK

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