01 May

CIEH Allergens Conference

Understanding the Risks and Responsibilities of Allergen Awareness

Early bird - save £55 (ends 5 April)  

CIEH member: £140
Affiliate member: £240
Non-member: £240

Standard Rate

CIEH member: £195
Affiliate member: £295
Non-member: £295

15Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ

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The number of people with food allergies is increasing every year, which poses a challenge to both the food industry and regulators in providing public protection.

This one-day conference will provide you with an update on the latest developments in allergen management, and there will be an interesting debate on the future of food labelling.

Hear about the latest allergen procedures that are being implemented in the industry, LA case study examples of new initiatives and lessons learned from recent investigations will also be explored.

Why should you attend?

  • Update on FSA role in developing allergy policy and science in the UK, EU and beyond
  • Importance of regulation and guidance
  • Review recent high-profile criminal and civil cases involving food allergens
  • Lessons learned from recent investigations and tragic cases
  • Topical debate on food labelling from industry and regulatory perspectives
  • Update on new campaigns and stakeholder engagement initiatives

Who should attend:

This is an essential update for all food safety professionals, including:

  • Food Safety Consultants
  • Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Food Safety Professionals
  • Public Health Managers


photo of Chun-Han Chan

Dr. Chun-Han Chan BSc (Comb.) Hons, MSc, PhD joined the FSA in 2003 to work on microbiological surveillance. Since 2008 she has been a member of the FSA’s Food Allergy & Intolerance Branch. Using scientific evidence to develop public health policy outcomes such as the development of allergen thresholds for precautionary allergen labelling. She led a diverse portfolio of work covering implementation of food allergen legislation, Codex initiatives, management of food allergen incidents and development of allergen detection methods.

Barbara Hirst is a Food Safety and Quality Consultant at RSSL where she has worked for 17 years. In this role, she partners with customers and helps advise them on allergen management, both in risk assessment and validation of controls.
She is a Geneticist by education and she was previously very involved with the horse meat industry issue and the alleged contamination of spices with nuts. She was the principal investigator for the FSA funded project 2012 -2014 “Survey of Allergen Advisory Labelling and Allergen Content of UK retail pre-packed processed foods” FS241038 (T07067). 

Simon Ginns, Commercial Director with Allergy UK (AUK) and has overall responsibility for the majority of income generation activities including working with Corporate Partners, management of AUK’s Endorsement and Allergy Aware programmes and event management. Along with the CEO, Operations Director and Head of Clinical Services, he is a key member of the four-person Executive Leadership Team.
Simon has thirty years senior management experience in the commercial, Not for Profit (NfP), IT & telecoms, airlines, health and social care, education, disability, children and families, early years, clinical and membership sectors.

Ron McNaughton, was initially a consultant for Food Standards Scotland and became the Head of the Scottish Food Crime & Incidents Unit in 2016 after being asked to build a food crime capability by the Chief Executive.
A former Senior Police Officer, he retired from the Police in 2015, after 30 years’ service. For the last 5 years of his police service, he was specifically involved in leading the investigation into serious and organised crime as Force Authorising Officer and Head of Intelligence for Tayside Police. In that role he was responsible for all force covert activity

Belinda Moonlight Stewart, Managing Director, Moonlight Environmental Ltd is a chartered environmental health practitioner and expert witness. She started out as an EHO before carrying out research at King’s College, London. She currently undertakes consultancy, auditing and training but more than half of her work is as an expert witness in the fields of infectious intestinal disease, food and health and safety. She examines risks and their control. She has worked on notable manslaughter cases including death caused by food allergy and food contamination. She regularly appears on BBC Watchdog and radio talking about microbiological risk.

Kate Thompson joined the CIEH in June 2017 as Director for Wales. Prior to her appointment she was Head of Local Authority Support and Audit at FSA Wales where she led on the introduction of a new delivery model for animal feed official controls, reviewed the operation of the mandatory Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and oversaw the Smarter Communications project which transformed how the FSA communicates with local authorities in Wales. Since her appointment Kate has focused on furthering links with external stakeholders and strengthening joint working with CIEH colleagues across the nations. 

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