AFDO Allergen Controls

AFDO to Develop Allergen Controls at Retail Guidance

York, PA – The Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO) has assembled an Ad-hoc Committee that has been charged with developing a guidance document for controlling food allergens in retail food and food service establishments. Volunteers from federal and state government, the retail food industry, industry trade associations, and the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have agreed to participate in this effort.

According to the U.S. FDA, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food every year. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. Several state food safety program managers approached AFDO about developing a guidance document and the organization has agreed to do so. AFDO hopes the guidance can be developed in time to distribute at its Annual Conference in June 2015.

AFDO President Stephen Stich said, “While there is no cure for food allergies, there are actions that can be taken in retail establishments that can protect susceptible individuals. Implementing plans in grocery stores and restaurants to effectively manage allergen risks will be the focus of the guidance document”.

To have more articles like this emailed to your inbox, become a GFSR Member today!

Sftharticlefooter R1

Visit our online hub for food safety training and education.

Have an e-course or webinar you want to add? Contact us today!

Global Food Safety Resource®

GFSR is a leading educational resource for food safety professionals across the globe. Through our online media channels plus Safe Food Training Hub (SFTH) platform, we deliver perspectives, knowledge and training on the latest food safety trends, regulatory compliance, industry standards, and more.

globalfoodsafetyresource.com | safefoodtraininghub.com
Gfsr Logo Media Partner2

Corporate Head Office

1400 Kingston Rd. Ste. 403
Toronto, ON
Canada, M1N 1R1

Phone: 1-888-437-7395 x105