2017 Preconference Workshop – Allergens and the Spice Supply Chain

The Preconference Workshop will bring together stakeholders with different perspectives on the issue of allergens. A supplying company will detail steps they take to address concerns about cross contamination and a U.S. company will outline its chain of custody program. FARRP will give an update on their latest research and FARE will present the allergic community perspective including research they have done on thresholds and precautionary labeling. A panel discussion with all participants will allow attendees to have their questions and concerns addressed.

A separate registration fee of $145 is required to attend this workshop.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Introduction and Overview

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Allergen Controls in the Supply Chain
Roger Lawrence, McCormick & Company and Parneet Swani, Swani Spice Mills Pvt Ltd.
With FSMA in mind, Parneet Swani will address allergens and their presence in the supply chain from the point of view of a supplier in source country, including steps to control allergens and cross contamination and controls. Roger Lawrence will then provide details on other measures that U.S. companies can implement in the supply chains to ensure that spices don’t come into contact with allergens.

2:15pm – 3:00 pm
Allergen Residues in Spices – Discovery, Detection, and Risk Assessment
Steve Taylor, Food Allergy Research and Resource Program FARRP
Allergen residues may periodically be found in spices as a result of agricultural comingling, cross contamination during manufacturing or even adulteration. A determination of the root cause is critical because corrective actions can then be taken to lessen the frequency and level of allergen residue present in the spice. Quantitative risk assessment approaches can be used to assess the actual risk to allergic consumers from their presence in spices. However, both public health and regulatory consequences may ensue from discovery of undeclared allergens in spices.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Consumer Understanding of Allergen Labeling
Jennifer Jobrack, Food Allergy Research & Education FARE
Jennifer Jobrack will provide the allergic community perspective, including research they have conducted on thresholds and precautionary labeling.

4:00 pm – 4:55 pm
Panel Discussion

4:55pm – 5:00 pm
Wrap up