Mock trial to highlight food allergy responsibilities

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Food Allergy Aware and law firm Blake Morgan are joining forces in March 2019 to run a mock trial event in Southampton for food businesses wanting to understand more about the legal issues associated with allergens in food produce. 

Following a series of high-profile legal cases in 2018 in which food businesses have either incorrectly labelled or not listed ingredients in full, the need for businesses to understand their legal responsibilities when it comes to food products has never been clearer. 

To help businesses better understand their obligations – and what happens when things go wrong – Food Allergy Aware and Blake Morgan are holding a ‘mock trial’ on Wednesday 20 March for food businesses on the south coast. The day will include a fictional scenario showing the prosecution of a food business involved in the supply of produce containing allergens which had not been correctly listed. The mock hearing, which will be run by practising barristers and solicitors from Blake Morgan, will also examine the responsibility of each part of the supply chain and explore the dynamics of due diligence and a product recall. 

This event will be in an interactive format and provide valuable insight into the legal responsibilities of anyone involved in food operations, along with the real consequences and impact of getting it wrong. 

Caroline Benjamin, Founder and Consultant of Food Allergy Aware commented “I’m looking forward to working with the team at Blake Morgan to highlight what happens when something goes wrong in the supply of food products, as well as the legal proceedings that may follow. Our objective in providing awareness training is to help ensure that no food business gets to the point of a criminal prosecution. We want to help food business owners review their processes and, if required, invest in further training and auditing to make sure they’re fully compliant.” 

Tom Walker, a Senior Associate Barrister at Blake Morgan said: “Running a food business means understanding the complexities of what goes into each product and how that’s traced across the supply chain. Getting it wrong can be extremely serious, so we’re pleased to be working with Food Allergy Aware to highlight the risks and responsibilities – and what companies can be do to make sure they’re taking action to keep people safe.” 

Event details

Wednesday 20th March 2019

8.30am to 2.30pm

Location

Blake Morgan Offices – Southampton

New Kings Court Chandler's Ford

Hampshire SO53 3LG 

Tickets are priced at £25 per person and includes a light lunch sponsored  by Middleton Foods, Venice Bakery and Mozzarilla.

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