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The FARE National Food Allergy Conference will be held May 16-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in Long Beach, CA, gathering the country’s leading food allergy experts and members of the food allergy community together for a weekend of world-class programming. Register now!
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Saturday, May 16 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Behind the Label: Understanding Food Labeling Laws, Manufacturing and Risks

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In this session, Steve Gendel, PhD, who previously was the Food Allergen Coordinator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will give an insider’s perspective on food labels to our attendees. Consumers with food allergies and their families, rely on food labels to be clear, complete and accurate. This means that all the allergens that are used as ingredients should be declared and that no undeclared allergens should be present. The large number of allergen-related recalls for both the FDA and USDA/Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulated products shows that reaching this goal can sometimes be problematic.

A close look at information from both agencies shows that a small number of problems are responsible for most of these recalls. Understanding which problems commonly lead to allergen recalls will help industry develop more effective allergen preventive controls. The number of allergen recalls also serves as a reminder of how important it is for consumers to monitor information from government agencies, food companies and organizations such as FARE on food recalls. Consumers can also help by reporting problems to manufacturers, and to either FDA or FSIS.

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Steve Gendel, PhD

Dr. Gendel is the Vice President, Division of Food Allergens for IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group.  Previously he was the Food Allergen Coordinator for the US Food and Drug Administration, responsible for activities related to all aspects of food allergen control and regulation. He has 25 years of experience in food safety science and policy with the FDA.  He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve... Read More →

Saturday May 16, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Regency A

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