Join us for a FREE webinar on food allergen labelling

10 Apr, 2024 | News

Join Derek Castles from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and Jasmine Lacis-Lee from the Allergen Bureau who will present on food allergen labelling. 

The webinar will cover:

Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) content

  • What Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) is
  • The challenges that PEAL creates for the food industry
  • How the new PEAL legislation will help consumers

Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) content

  • The role that the Allergen Bureau plays in PEAL and Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling (VITAL) for the food industry
  • What Precautionary Allergen Labelling (PAL) statements are
  • Challenges of PAL statements for consumers
  • Guidance for the food industry on how to use PAL statements 

 

The presentation will be followed by a live question and answer session where you can have your general questions answered by the experts. Please note individual medical advice cannot be given.  

To assist the presenters in answering your general questions, we encourage you to send your questions to us by 9am on Friday 12 April 2024. Please email your questions to coordinator@allergyfacts.org.au with the subject line ‘Update on Food Allergen Labelling webinar’. 

About the presenters:

Derek Castles
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Derek Castles is a member of the Labelling and Information Standards Section at Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and has worked for the agency for 23 years. Derek has been actively working on allergen labelling regulations at FSANZ for the decade. Derek is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and has also worked on nutrition-related regulations prior his allergen labelling activities.

Jasmine Lacis-Lee
Allergen Bureau

Jasmine, a food safety expert with over 25 years of industry experience, began her career in clinical pathology before transitioning to the food sector in 1998 as a Food Microbiologist. Her roles have spanned laboratory, quality, and food safety management roles, for companies like Lactalis and Coca Cola Europacific Partners. With a keen interest in integrating analytical outcomes to production processes, Jasmine shifted in 2015 to a role at BVAQ. Currently as Food Safety Manager, she collaborates with domestic and international organisation to enhance food safety practices, using data and her industry experience to solve problems and mitigate risk. Jasmine’s dedication to advancing food safety extends to her voluntary leadership roles, including serving as a director of the Allergen Bureau since 2018 and President and Board chair since 2021. In addition, Jasmine played a crucial role in establishing the Australian region of EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering Design Group) in 2019. She also holds committee positions on the AIFST Scientific and Advisory committee and the NATA Life Sciences Accreditation Advisory Committee and participates in the AOAC Food Allergen Working Group.

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