Allergen Management

How to Prevent the #1 Cause of Food Recalls
According to the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry, undeclared allergens are the number one reason for all food recalls. With the FDA’s new Preventive Controls for Human Food requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), federal and state compliance officers are highly focused on allergen risks when performing food safety assessments.
Allergen Management

Course Description

Undeclared allergens continue to be a major concern within the food industry.  There are numerous ways that unexpected allergens could make their way into your food products, including incidental cross-contact by using shared equipment or utensils and unexpected presence in your raw materials.  Allergens present in food must also be properly labeled to avoid consumer illness and regulatory nonconformance.

In this class we will discuss the many preventive measures that can be taken at your facility to eliminate the risk of undeclared allergens in your food products, including risk assessing raw materials, developing an allergen management program, scheduling of production runs to reduce risk of allergen cross contact, training of employees and conducting allergen verifications to verify procedures are effective when fully implemented.  We will also discuss the current allergen labeling requirements and how to avoid the common labeling mistakes.

Who Will Benefit From Taking This Course

Employees with responsibilities in Quality, Food Safety, HACCP, Regulatory Affairs, Food Production, Maintenance, Safety and any other associates interested in achieving a better understanding of the implementation/maintenance of an allergen management program. Front-line employees, leaders, supervisors and others who want to gain a better understanding of how to properly manage allergen risks in their facility.

What Skills Can Students Expect To Learn?

Attendees will learn how to develop a robust allergen management program that will ultimately reduce risks and the probability for future recalls. Topics include allergen labeling requirements, supplier management, raw material handling, process optimization, allergen cleaning procedures, and employee training. This is a very interactive workshop that will give attendees a good understanding of proper allergen management techniques. The agenda includes the following topics:
  • Top eight allergens of concerns in the US
  • Allergen labeling requirements
  • Managing allergens in your supply-chain
  • Assessing allergen risks within your facility
  • Developing an allergen management program
  • Best practices for allergen storage and spill containment
  • Preventing cross-contact throughout production
  • Production run scheduling to minimize risk of cross contact
  • Allergen cleaning best practices
  • Employee training

Schedule Your Class Today

If you feel that allergens are a food safety concern at your facility and you need the knowledge to properly assess risk and to develop a robust allergen management program that ultimately leads to a more preventive approach and acceptance to the new FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and 3rd party audit requirements, then this is the right class for you.

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