Allergen Control and Testing Training

This 2-day workshop is geared towards food industry personnel responsible for food allergen control programs. The workshop will review the major food allergen categories, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, and international regulations related to allergen control in foods. Participants will review the most successful scheduling and sanitation practices to avoid cross-contact during processing and will also practice the design and implementation of a robust allergen control program. Verification and validation of sanitation activities will also be presented. This workshop includes a hands-on component where participants will use commercial detection kits to identify allergens and report results. At the end of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the regulations related to allergens and how to implement allergen control programs to mitigate the unintentional appearance of allergens in food products.