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Greggs’ head of technical, a regulatory affairs specialist from Campden BRI, and the co-founder of Natasha’s Foundation are set to discuss allergen management in the supply chain as part of a free British Baker webinar next week.

Airing at midday on Wednesday 1 November on the British Baker website, the webinar is called ‘Allergen management: safety across the bakery supply chain’. It will explore the importance of allergen management across the supply chain from manufacturers through to consumer-facing businesses. As part of this, the experts will examine why allergen management is so important, the current areas of concern, potential changes in regulation, what to do when things go wrong, and how to alleviate consumer concerns.

The webinar comes two years after the introduction of Natasha’s Law – officially named the UK Food Information Amendment 2019 – which requires businesses selling prepacked-for-direct-sale-food to attach a label containing the name of the product and a full ingredients list to each individual item, with allergens emphasised in the list.

Meet the speakers

Left to right: Emma Adams, Helen Arrowsmith, and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse

Left to right: Emma Adams, Helen Arrowsmith, and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse

Emma Adams, head of technical at Greggs

Emma Adams has experience spanning more than 20 years of working in technical roles within the food industry from environmental health to food manufacturing and retail. She joined Greggs in 2018, leading the technical function across Greggs shops, supply sites, a global supply base plus centrally-based technical teams.

Helen Arrowsmith, regulatory affairs manager and allergens specialist at Campden BRI

Helen uses her knowledge of UK and harmonised EU legislation relevant to the food/drink industry, as well as experience working with food allergens, to provide advice and consultancy, deliver training and present at national and international events on these subjects. She joined Campden BRI in 2004 and worked her way up to the position of team leader of the Food Allergens Team, where she managed the provision of technical contract services in food allergen detection, provided interpretation of testing results and consultancy on testing for food allergens and cleaning validation. She joined the Campden BRI Regulatory Affairs team in 2014.

Nadim Ednan-Laperouse OBE, co-founder and trustee at the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

Nadim Ednan-Laperouse uses his skills and knowledge as an MD for a toy company for the good of Natasha’s Foundation, which is named after his daughter who passed away in July 2016 following an allergic reaction. The foundation works towards funding essential allergy research, with the aim of finding a cure for all and to support vital changes in society helping those living with this condition.

The webinar, chaired by British Baker editor Amy North, will be broadcast at midday on Wednesday 1 November on the British Baker website. Only registered users will be able to view the webinar, so if you’re not signed up to the British Baker website, you can do so via this link.