Episode 43: Living with food allergies – Part One

Posted: 11 August 2023 | | No comments yet

In part one of New Food’s allergen podcast special, Josh and Grace discuss key takeaways from the “Catering for Allergens” event and talk to Iain Ferris, Liljia Polo-Richards and Lisa Winnall about removing the “fear factor” from the hospitality sector when it comes to allergen safety.

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As part one of a three part series investigating what it’s like to live with food allergies, Josh and Grace look back on the “Catering for Allergens” event hosted at the University of Birmingham and discuss key takeaways from a day full open discussion surrounding allergen safety in the hospitality industry.

In this podcast, New Food speaks to Iain Ferris, Lecturer in Food Safety, Food Standards and Food Law at University of Birmingham, Liljia Polo-Richards, Director and Founder of Allergy Companions and Lisa Winnall, Associate Professor, Head of Food Safety Group at the University of Birmingham.

The need for frank and transparent communication is essential in improving allergy safety standards in the hospitality industry but, as the speakers point out, communication works two ways. The hospitality sector needs to listen to consumers, and equally, consumers need to understand hospitality frustrations and be able to offer advice in order to generate change and remove the fear factor surrounding allergens in the sector.

Tune in next Friday to hear part two of this series where we talk to Liljia Polo-Richards about Allergy Companions and the difference it is making in the food industry.

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