The 2nd Annual Romer Labs Food Allergen Forum

Excellence in Management and Control of Food Allergens

16 January 2019
Grande Centre Point Terminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

The rising prevalence of food allergies and intolerances makes it critical for food manufacturers to comply with food safety regulations.

With food allergies and intolerance on the rise worldwide, it is critical for food manufacturers to comply with food safety regulations, including accurate and comprehensive labeling requirements.

At the 2nd annual Romer Labs Food Allergen Forum, we discover new horizons in allergen testing and management. Featured speakers Georgina Christensen of the Allergen Bureau and Robin Sherlock of Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management provide their expertise in an interactive setting.

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You will learn:

  • Basics of food allergy and intolerance
  • International views and the challenges of gluten-free food for people with celiac disease
  • Food allergen management
  • GFSI benchmarking and why it matters
  • Best practice for celiac management and labelling guide
  • New challenges and methods in allergen testing for processed food

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Meet the keynote speakers:

Georgina Christensen
VITAL® Coordinator
The Allergen Bureau

Georgina Christensen has been the VITAL® Coordinator for the Allergen Bureau for nine years. This position was created to meet the increasing demand for information and support for the VITAL® Program, which is managed by the Allergen Bureau.

In this role, Georgina answers enquiries from the local and international food industry about implementing the VITAL® Program and develops support materials for it. She also provides support for and develops VITAL® Online, the web-based version of the VITAL® Calculator.

Georgina has extensive experience in the food industry, including positions in food regulation, product development and quality assurance with multi-national food companies. Georgina is passionate about allergen management and clear and consistent allergen labelling on food products to assist those with a food allergy in making informed food choices.

Robin Sherlock
Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management

Robin Sherlock is the director of Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management, and provides risk reviews, analytical advice, consultative services and training to the food industry.

Sherlock has a background in medical laboratory science and has more than 25 years of experience in clinical microbiology and food science, with expertise collaborating with food producers, retailers and regulatory and technical groups to establish robust allergen management tools and programs to reduce risk for both industry and consumers dealing with food allergies.

She has extensive experience in the area of food allergen analysis, has participated in a number of international technical groups and contributed to a range of publications.

She was part of the working group instrumental in the development of the VITAL® program and several core Allergen Bureau publications and tools. She held the position of vice-president of the board of The Allergen Bureau until October 2017 and is involved in the AFGC Allergen Forum, the AOAC Allergen Sampling Working group, furthermore, she was a contributor to iFAAM. Her role within The Allergen Bureau included collaborating with the VITAL® Scientific Expert Panel and working to ensure that key allergen management decisions within The Allergen Bureau were shaped and supported by the best available science. In February 2018 she was appointed as Technical Advisor (Analysis) to the Allergen Bureau and Sherlock Food Allergen Risk Management is an Allergen Bureau endorsed VITAL® Training Provider.

Martin Candia

Martin Candia
Product Manager Allergens
Romer Labs

Martin Candia joined Romer Labs in November 2018 as Product Manager for the Allergens division and has already been involved in method validation and application support in allergen testing. He provides scientific and technical advice to sales staff worldwide and conducts workshops and webinars for customers.

He has extensive experience in the allergy field and has participated in projects aimed at developing both prophylactic and therapeutic treatments for allergies in children and adults. In the past he has particularly focused first on cow’s milk allergy and then on the modulation of the allergic response by the use of peptides.

As a speaker, he has participated in numerous allergy-focused conferences, including the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congresses of 2015 and 2016, held in Barcelona, Spain and Vienna, Austria respectively, and the International Congress of Immunology 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

He holds a Master of Science degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from the National University of La Plata, where he specialized in immunology. Furthermore, he continued his studies in the PhD program on molecular, cellular and clinical allergology at the Medical University of Vienna.

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