Catering for food hypersensitivity: a win-win for all (Antrim)

Date: 19 September, 2016

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Venue: Corr’s Corner Hotel, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Purpose of event

All catering and food manufacturing businesses must, by law, provide information on the allergen content of the foods they sell. This helps consumers with food hypersensitivity (food allergy, food intolerance and coeliac disease) to make safe food choices and significantly improves their quality of life. From the food businesses perspective, accommodating customers who wish to avoid specific foods for health or lifestyle reasons makes good business sense.

This safefood Knowledge Network event, developed in partnership with Gluten Free Ireland, focuses on gluten and provides practical information on how to control food allergens including:

  • sourcing Free-From food products
  • the legal aspects of food allergen management
  • a "how to" demonstration of cooking with allergens in mind.

Who should attend?

Those working in the food industry, particularly in catering, with a role in food allergen management. It will also be of interest to regulators, policy makers and those working in academia or the grocery trade.


Registration is free for Knowledge Network members. For more information on this event and the safefood Knowledge Network please contact Michael Hills. Email: Tel: 0044 2890 975411

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Time Theme Speaker
10:15 Introduction James McIntosh, safefood
10:30–13:00 Session 1 Chair: Derek Thompson, Gluten Free Ireland
10:30 Impact of coeliac disease on quality of life Noelle Power, Ulster Hospital Dundonald
11:00 Practicalities of catering for coeliac customers Emer Holohan, Holohan’s Restaurant Ltd. Belfast
11:30 Sourcing Free-From foods David McCullagh, Pallas Foods
12:00 Cooking with allergens in mind: a practical
Nathan Snodden, Holohan’s Restaurant Ltd. Belfast
13:00 Lunch  
14:00–16:00 Session 2 Chair: James McIntosh, safefood
14:00 Living with food allergy and food intolerance Jenny Hughes, Antrim Area Hospital
14:30 Compliance in practice: how to meet your obligations
to control food allergens
Esther Chartres, Food Standards Agency NI
15:00 Due diligence and legal aspects of food allergen management Micaela Diver, A&L Goodbody
15:30 Free-From food trends: a marketing perspective Brian O’Connor, Mintel
16:00 Sum up and close James McIntosh, safefood