Annual Conference of the AQIA dedicated to #FoodAllergen Management

Food Allergen Management, Emerging Issues and Perspectives is the theme chosen this year for the annual meeting of the Association Québecoise pour l’innocuité alimentaire.

This meeting is to be held in Quebec City, QC, Canada on Sept 30-Oct 1st, 2015.

Take note of key speakers from Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Various topics will be discussed dealing with the the public health impacts of food allergens, food allergen management by the food industry, regulatory management of this issue, emerging issues of allergen thresholds and their possible use in risk management considerations, as well as food allergen analytical method development and applications in food allergen control by the food processing sector.

The organizers are still looking for sponsors for this event, so feel free to contact: Andrée Lagacé at or by phone at (418) 656-3951

More information on this event can be obtained though the AQIA Website.

The preliminary programme for this event is attached:

Get the latest updates from the #AOAC #FoodAllergen Community

The June 2015 Issue of the AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Communities) Food Allergen Community was made available yesterday.

You can read about the latest updates on food allergen regulatory provisions internationally, some reports on the latest events organized or attended by Community members as well as about some of the latest publications and tools related to food allergen management, recently made available.

The Program of the Food Allergen session at the upcoming (2015) AOAC annual meeting is also made available.

Thanks to the AOAC Food Allergen Community Co-chairs and to the Editorial team for keeping up apprised of the latest developments.



Updating the #AOAC Food Allergen Community on latest accomplishments and future direction in capacity building re. food allergen management

During tonight’s meeting of the of the Food Allergen Community of AOAC International (International Association of Official Analytical Communities), I will attempt to  provide an overview of the latest accomplishments and future directions related to capacity building initiatives associated with  food allergen management and supported by the Government of Canada. I will focus on our recent efforts under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific (APEC) Food Safety Cooperation Forum and the workshop co-organised by Health Canada’s Food Directorate and FARRP last May.

An effort to further document and map capacity building needs in this area, for the region will be attempted during the upcoming China International Food Safety and Quality Conference, where we are aiming to organise a dedicated session on food allergens, on November 6th, 2014 in Shanghai.




#AOAC Food Allergen Community to meet tomorrow / Update on our recent activities to enhance food allergen management

During the upcoming meeting of the AOAC International (International Association of Official Analytical Communities), on September 9th, 2014, experts of the Food Allergen Community will be seeking and providing updates on their latest accomplishments and current challenges in the area of food allergen management, method development and validation as well as capacity building initiatives.

I will use this opportunity to provide the community (remotely) with an update on our recent capacity building activities under the auspices of the Asia/Pacific Food Safety Cooperation Forum to support improved practices of food allergen management by industry and regulators.

I am embedding in this post, the introductory remarks I had the opportunity to make during the Food Allergen Methodologies Workshop, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, in May 2014, co-organised by Health Canada’s Food Directorate and the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) of the University of Nebraska.

These remarks attempt to put in context these efforts of capacity building and the importance of our continued investment to promote knowledge transfer related to allergen management amongst food safety stakeholders.