Food Allergens

Representatives from the industry, the authorities as well as from the medical and scientific fields are presenting the most pressing questions on food allergens at this conference. These include how to deal with clinical aspects and consumer safety, regulatory aspects and scientific matters, as well as industry practice and analytical approaches.

03.12. — 04.12.2024
Leonardo Royal Hotel Köln - Am Stadtwald
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The FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Allergens from 2020 to 2023 was tasked by Codex and proposed a comprehensive overhaul of the way allergens are managed globally. Starting with a review of the criteria for priority allergens and the current list, it identified Reference Doses for those allergens, guided by a clear and transparent food safety objective and following a defined scientific analysis. The Consultation then addressed the application of those Reference Doses in the management of allergens, with an emphasis on Precautionary Allergen Labelling, but also considering how they could help the definition of exemptions from allergen labelling.

The conference brings together representatives from regulatory and industry backgrounds, as well as political decision-makers to discuss about the FAO/WHO Initiative on food allergen risk assessment and the main conclusions and implications of the Expert Consultation’s work. It keeps track of clinical aspects, advances in food analysis and their suitability as well as on recent developments in risk assessment, risk communication and risk management.

A specifically hot topic at the moment is the new use of existing proteins and existing proteins being processed in new ways and moreover, we are looking at emerging allergens from a number of perspectives.


Food allergy – clinical aspects

  • Update on immunotherapy in food allergy

Food industry allergen risk assessment approaches

  • Practical application of allergen quantitative risk assessment (QRA)
  • Improving information for allergen risk management, including decisions on precautionary labelling

Competent authority perspective on risk assessment

  • Outcome and lessons learnt from the ALLERGEN-PRO project

FAO/WHO initiative on food allergen risk assessment

  • An overview of the FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens and key outcomes
  • Too high, too low? Setting a reference dose that works.

Risk management and communication

  • Risk management and communication of food allergens – the perspective of a governmental agency
  • Risk communication with consumers in Ireland
  • VITAL® 3.x in relation to the FAO/WHO recommendations
  • Guidance on allergen cross-contact for food manufacturers

Monitoring, analytical methods and their suitability

  • Standardisation of a reference prototype-MS based method for multi allergen quantification in foods as a result of the ThRAll project
  • Allergen detection possibilities for the official food control laboratories
  • Monitoring the Safe Introduction of Novel Foods (MoSIN) – how food allergy develops in a changing food environment

Who should attend this conference?

Professionals working in the fields of:

  • Quality assurance & control
  • Analysis
  • Legal & regulatory affairs
  • Research & development
  • Diagnosis & therapy

Sectors taking part:

  • Food industry
  • Food retailers
  • Food inspection offices
  • Laboratories
  • Research institutes
  • Authorities
  • Professional associations
  • Medical institutes

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Kirsten Beyer

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Kirsten Beyer is a Professor and the Leader of the Paediatric Allergology Study Center in the Department of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Immunology and Critical Care Medicine of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. She qualified as an MD at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1991. She carried out her pediatric training and fellowship at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 1996-1997 she became a visiting scientist at the Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology at Johns Hopkins, University in Baltimore, USA. From 1997-2003 Kirsten Beyer worked at the Division of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, where she was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in 2001. In 2003 she returned to Berlin where she was appointed Professor at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Kirsten Beyer’s research experience spans the spectrum of pediatric allergies with a particular focus on food allergies. Her interests include food allergy prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. She is a principal investigator in several national and international studies. The results of her research have been published in over 100 peer-reviewed publications.


Neil Buck

General Mills, Switzerland

Neil Buck has spent more than 20 years within industry, and is the Corporate Toxicologist for General Mills, Inc where he provides regulatory toxicology support to the global organisation. His time is split between innovation, technical regulatory affairs, and product safety. He is active in various stakeholder fora in both the US and EU on topics relevant to continuously improving consumer protection, including Food Drink Europe, the US Consumer Goods Association, ILSI Europe and the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences.


Philippe Delahaut

Scientific Committee at the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC), Belgium

Simon Flanagan

Mondele͂z Europe, UK

Simon Flanagan is a Research Fellow & Global Lead for Food Allergy & Food Allergens at Mondele͂z Europe. After 17 years with RSSL's Food Safety Division he joined Mondele͂z Europe in 2019 and is part of the Global Food Safety team. 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 in 2002. 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.


Maxime Gavage

CER Groupe, Belgium

Maxime Gavage is a Chemical Engineer and joined CER Groupe in 2015 where he undertook his PhD research project in collaboration with the University of Namur. He’s now an R&D Project Manager with a particular focus on the protein world, especially through mass spectrometry-based proteomics, immunoassay development, and protein functionalization via conjugation.


Linda Monaci

Institute of Sciences of Food Production - National Research Council of Italy (ISPA- CNR), Italy


Patrick O'Mahony

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), Ireland

Patrick O‘Mahony is the Chief Specialist in Food Science & Technology at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. His regulatory responsibilities include coordinating the implementation of food allergen labelling/declaration in Ireland in accordance with EU and Irish legislation. He is a member of the FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on risk assessment of food allergens and was responsible for formulating the request from Ireland that resulted in the 2014 EFSA Opinion on an evaluation of the existing food allergens for labelling purposes.


Bert Popping

FOCOS, Germany and Food Orbit, Portugal

Bert Popping is the Managing Director of the strategic food consulting company FOCOS in Germany and Co-Founder and Senior Scientific Expert of the regulatory and compliance company Food Orbit in Portugal. He has more than 25 years of experience in food safety and strategic advice for companies in the food supply chain. He is one of the experts on the joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens. Bert has published more than 75 publications on food allergens, food fraud, food safety and food regulations. He also serves as an expert on the US Pharmacopeia Food Chemical Codex group dealing with food ingredients.

Sjögren Bolin

Ylva Sjögren Bolin

Swedish Food Agency, Sweden

Ylva Sjögren Bolin is an Immunologist and a Nutritionist and has been at the Science Department at the Swedish 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.


Paul J. Turner

Imperial College London, UK

Paul J. Turner is a Reader/Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant at Imperial College London, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research, funded by the Medical Research Council, European Commission and UK Food Standards Agency among others, focusses on the pathophysiology of severe allergic reactions to food. He was a member of the UK Food Standards Agency's Science Council, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization Codex Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens, and leads the EAACI Taskforce on Food Allergen Thresholds.


Kitty Verhoeckx

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Kitty Verhoeckx is an Analytical Chemist and an Assistant Professor at the Dermatology and Allergology Department of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) in the Netherlands. In 1991 she started her career at TNO, where she had various research positions and was involved in various research topics, systems biology, bioactive lipids, etc. In 2005 she gained her PhD degree at the University of Leiden. Since 2011, Kitty Verhoeckx is involved in food allergy projects. She was a management committee member of the COST Action INFOGEST, participated in the ILSI Europe task force ‘Allergenicity and processing’, ILSI Europe FA Expert Group “Allergenicity’’, the EFSA Focus group on allergenicity assessment, and EFSA focus groups on food allergy and digestion. She was the Chair of the COST Action ImpARAS. Currently, she is management committee member of COMFA and she coordinates the Dutch project MoSIN.


Hans-Ulrich Waiblinger

State Institute for Chemical and Veterinary Analysis of Food (CVUA) Freiburg, Germany

Hans-Ulrich Waiblinger is Head of Department at the State Institute for Chemical and Veterinary Analysis of Food (CVUA) Freiburg in Germany and works in the official food control. His fields of work include the control of genetic modifications and allergens as well as molecular-biological species differentiation.


Kang Zhou

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Italy

Kang Zhou is a Food Safety Officer at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He is one of the secretariats for Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) and ad hoc expert meetings to provide risk assessment and scientific advice to Codex Alimentarius, to support the development of international guidelines and standards, and also transfer the technology to member countries for capacity development.



Leonardo Royal Hotel Köln - Am Stadtwald
Dürener Straße 287
50935 Köln
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Participation Fee: € 1,995.00 plus VAT.

The registration fee includes the following benefits:

  • Event participation
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  • Lunch
  • Coffee breaks and event beverages
  • The evening event on the first day
  • Certificate of attendance

Representatives of an authority or a public university are therefore eligible for a reduced fee of € 895.00 plus VAT per person (please provide evidence). The reduced fee cannot be combined with other rebates.

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