Date of Event
Date(s) - 26/06/2024
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location of Event
University of Birmingham Engineering Y3, South West Campus Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom


What’s Next for Food Allergy Management? Challenges and Opportunities for

2nd Allergen Management Conference to be held on the 26th June 2024 at the University of Birmingham which may be of interest to Food Safety Officers and EHPs.

What you can expect:

  • An insightful and interactive day
  • Collaborative workshops & panels
  • Networking
  • Sharing best practice

An exciting line up of speaker and panellists which so far includes:

  1.  Sioned Hatcher-Evans Technical Director at Food Alert
  2. Sarah Delaney UK and Ireland Food Safety Manager, IKEA
  3. Iain Ferris Lecturer in Food Safety, Standards & Law, University of Birmingham
  4. Liljia Polo-Richards Director & Founder, Allergy Companions
  5. Hazel Gowland Allergy Action
  6. Patrick O’Mahony Chief Specialist, Food Science & Technology at Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  7. Anna Riley Anna Riley, co-Founder of The English Indian
  8. Professor Mamidipudi Thirumala Krishna, University of Birmingham, Chair of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Global Health, Honorary Consultant Allergist and Immunologist and Head of Postgraduate School of Pathology for WM NHSE Education.
  9. Natascha Gaut Director at DWF
  10. Steve Hamon CEO, The Vegan Society
  11. Food Standards Agency – speaker to be confirmed.
  12. Samantha Mollart (née Elliott) RNutr Nutrition and Allergens Manager at Bidfood UK
  13. Lisa Winnall Host/Chair for the day


Some of the topics we will cover:

⭐ Influencing best practice in allergen management.
⭐ Why dialogue between hospitality and consumers is so important.
⭐ Observations of the Irish model for allergy information and the potential for Owen’s Law.
⭐ Reviewing reactions, regulation, risk… and real life.
⭐ Latest updates from the Food Standards Agency.

A series of workshops and panel debating:

  • Owen’s Law
  • Allergens outside the top 14 and other grey areas.
  • The vegan debate.
  • Engaging and dealing with consumer behaviour

 Lunch is sponsored by the “The English Indian” and they will share the story of their business journey.

For more info and to book your place, click on the link below:

Booking link  : What’s Next for Food Allergy Management? Future Challenges and Opportunities for Hospitality 2024 | University of Birmingham Online Shop (

For discount on bookings of 4 and more, please contact myself

Event sponsored by Food Alert Ltd




09.00-09.30: Registration, coffee & tea
09.30-9.40: Welcome
Best practice in food allergen management
09.40 – 10.05: Sioned Hatcher-Evans, “Influencing best practice in allergen management”
10.05 – 10.30: Sarah Delaney, “The IKEA approach: why our allergen process is there to protect
our customers”
10.30 – 10.55: Liljia Polo-Richards, “Why dialogue between hospitality and consumers is so
10.55 – 11.15: Panel discussion and Q&A
11.15-11.35: Coffee break
11.35 – 11.45: Anna Riley, “The story behind The English Indian”
Future legal proposals, developments and eliciting dose
11.45-12.10: “FSA England: latest update on allergen management”
12.10 – 12.35: Hazel Gowland, “Reactions, regulation, risk… and real life”
12.35– 13.00: Panel discussion and Q&A
13.00-14.00: LUNCH
14.00 –14. 25: Patrick O’Mahony, “Allergen management in the Republic of Ireland”
14.25- 14.45: Iain Ferris, “Road Trip to Ireland – Observations of the Irish model for allergy
information and the potential for Owen’s Law.”
14.45 – 15.15: Panel discussion, “Owen’s Law”
15.15 – 15.30: Coffee break
15.30-16.10 & 16.10-16.50: workshops on rotation (choice of 2)
1. Allergens outside the top 14 and other grey areas.
2. The vegan debate.
3. Engaging and dealing with consumer behaviour
16.50 – 17.00: Closing remark & finish







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