Having been snowed under with redesigning my website, delivering training sessions in food safety and food allergens, and general life issues, it is now time for me to start blogging.
I was considering a monthly newsletter, but that seemed too onerous. I may even do the occasional vlog too.
As we approach Allergy Awareness Week here in the UK, it's an opportunity to raise awareness about what it's like to live with allergies. Many people are currently suffering hay fever thanks to the warm, dry weather. Allergy UK are focussing on environmental allergies this year, particularly thinking about air quality, and the effects on those who suffer due to pollution.
I am taking the opportunity to discuss food allergy, and have arranged three events, these are as follows:
Tuesday 30/4/2019 at The Main Place, Coleford, Gloucestershire. 09:30-12:30 and 13:00-16:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-allergy-awareness-seminar-tickets-59880075919
Wednesday 1/5/2019 at Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope, Gloucestershire 10:00-13:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-allergens-seminar-and-demonstration-tickets-59797371548
Click on the links to book your tickets, but hurry, because sales close at Noon on Friday for the Coleford events, and at Noon on Monday for the Harts Barn event. Each event is £10 per person, plus the £1.25 admin charge from Eventbrite.
As I said, I've been working on my website, I have a new logo, and am starting blogging.
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Food Labelling Consultation
In March, I was invited to one of the #DEFRA workshops in London. It was good to see, and hear, so many young people voicing their concerns about the inadequate and dangerous labelling on foods as it stands. I was impressed by their eloquence and passion, their ideas and concern for each other.
The closing date for the consultation was 29th March, and the Government have 12 weeks in which to respond. Thanks are due to Chun-Han Chan of the Food Standards Agency, Michael Gove, the team who organised all the workshops, and everyone who attended. Everyone with an interest in food production and /or food allergies had the opportunity to respond individually. There was also a group response, organised by #AllergyMumUK, which was an amazing feat to collate all the information into a document. Thank you to Alexa for doing that.
That's all for now. I'll be back next month with more news and developments.