The Allergen Bureau is an industry association providing rapid responses to questions concerning the management of food allergen risks in food ingredients and manufactured foods in Australia and New Zealand.
Upon formation in 2005, The Allergen Bureau required Executive Services for its management and development. RDS Partners provides these executive services including the management and coordination of committee meetings, website management, preparation of operating plans and budgets, workshop and conference organisation, and representations to government bodies.
RDS Partners also managed the development and application of the VITAL® (Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling) system, including the sourcing of the technical expertise.
The Allergen Bureau is a wonderful example of cooperation amongst competitors in the food industry, with national and multi-national food manufacturing and marketing companies, suppliers, importers, exporters, retailers and consumer groups sharing information on managing the risks of food allergens in industry in the interests of consumers.
Tom Lewis, Director, manages this project. Tom was central to the establishment of Allergen Bureau, which called on his communication, project management and facilitation skills combined with his knowledge and understanding of the Australian food industry.