NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Experts, speakers and food professionals have united at “Food 4 Thought,” the 2011 CIPHI Ontario Annual Educational Conference being held at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.’s White Oaks Resort & Spa.The second day of the conference included a variety of seminars and interactive learning experiences. Of particular note, was the keynote address by Cara Piggot, vice-president, research and development/quality assurance at the TDL Group Corp., the franchisor for Tim Hortons.
Piggott recounted the enormous insights her company gained, during the Walkerton water crisis in 2000.
Marilyn Allen, of Anaphylaxis Canada, presented an informative session on food-allergen management. Speaking from personal experience, she discussed food allergens and triggers, dietary sensitivities, cross-contamination issues and product labelling concerns. While peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and milk have long been known to cause allergic reactions, several conference attendees were surprised to learn mustard has been identified as an allergen.
This is the first time the 72nd annual conference, which runs until Oct. 5, is being held in conjunction with the Food Safety Forum, the latter of which is hosted by the Toronto-based food safety company, TrainCan Inc.