Canadian Food Allergen Management: Implementing a Risk-Based Approach

Join us for an insightful webinar on enhancing guidance for food allergen management in Canada, focusing on a risk-based approach for the application of precautionary allergen labelling. This webinar marks the launch of new proposed Allergen Management Guidelines developed through a collaborative effort involving food manufacturers, Université Laval, Canadian Allergists, and Food Allergy Canada. These guidelines aim to support food manufacturers in implementing effective allergen control plans, including the responsible use of Precautionary Allergen Labelling, to better meet the needs of Canadians managing food allergies.

Webinar Overview

Why Change is Needed

  • Food Allergy: The Canadian Landscape – Understand the current state of food allergy management in Canada and its impact on consumers.
  • Consumer Perspective – Beatrice Povolo will provide insights into consumer concerns and the need for accurate allergen labelling.
  • Food Manufacturers Perspective & CFIA Recalls – Dr. Silvia Dominguez will discuss the challenges faced by food manufacturers and the role of CFIA recalls in shaping the new guidelines.

Why Now? What is Underpinning the Opportunity for Change

  • Update on International Discussions and FAO/WHO Recommendations – Get an update on the latest international discussions and recommendations from the FAO/WHO Expert Working Group on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens, presented by Beatrice Povolo.

The Path Forward

  • Introduction of the Allergen Management Guidelines – Dr. Silvia Dominguez will introduce the new Allergen Management Guidelines, explaining their significance and application.

Why This is Important to Food Manufacturers

  • How Guidelines Will Help in Managing Allergen Risks – Learn about the practical benefits of the new guidelines for food manufacturers in managing allergen risks effectively.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the new Allergen Management Guidelines and how they can help the food industry manage allergen risks more effectively. Register now to join Food Allergy Canada and Université Laval in this essential webinar for the food industry and consumer safety.

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Dr. Silvia Dominguez

Research Associate,
Université Laval

Dr. Dominguez is a food engineer specialized in food safety risk assessment, allergen management, statistical analysis and data modeling. She holds a MSc and a PhD in Food Science from Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA). After graduation, she worked as a food microbiologist for the food industry in the United States, before returning to research and consulting in 2016. She currently works as a research associate at the Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence Platform, hosted by the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) of Université Laval (Quebec, Canada), where she manages research projects on allergens and food fraud, industry outreach activities, and food safety capacity building initiatives for competent authorities at the international level.

Beatrice Povolo

Director, Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs – Food Allergy Canada

Beatrice is the Director, Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs at Food Allergy Canada. In this capacity, she leads the organization’s food safety initiatives working with both government and industry stakeholders, with a specific focus on access to accurate ingredient information in food labelling and foodservice. She is actively involved in international discussions related to allergen management as a member of the Health Canada delegation for the CODEX Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) and collaborates internationally with other patient organizations globally. Beatrice is currently the Project Management Lead for a multi-stakeholder initiative for the development of Allergen Management and Pre-cautionary Allergen Labelling Guidelines for the Canadian food industry. She graduated from the University of Toronto, with an Honours BA in political science and economics.