Food Allergen Sanitation Workshop

Registration is now CLOSED.

Food allergies affect 3.5 - 4.0% of the U.S. population with symptoms ranging from comparatively mild to severe and life-threatening. Estimates suggest as many as 29,000 emergency room visits and 150 deaths each year result from food allergies. Consumers with food allergies must adhere to strict diets avoiding the allergenic food. These consumers rely upon the accuracy of ingredient statements to make appropriate product selections.

Sanitation is clearly one of the most important elements in an effective Allergen Control Program for a food company. Equipment and facilities are frequently shared between a formulation containing an allergenic food and a formulation that contains no such allergen or perhaps a different allergen. Effective SSOPs are needed to assure equipment and facilities can be cleaned between formulations. Sanitation failures can lead to consumer illness and product recalls.

To address these issues, FARRP presents the Food Allergen Sanitation workshop. This one-day workshop will be targeted to sanitation professionals, quality assurance staff, plant management, and others who would be responsible for the development and implementation of sanitation programs and SSOPs within food processing facilities. The program will cover the challenges of sanitation, best practices in both wet and dry cleaning conditions, and detection methods and their role in validation of sanitation programs and SSOPs. The opportunity will be provided to benchmark against practices conducted by some of the leading food companies in the U.S.

Agenda and speakers subject to change

Course Highlights

  • Challenges of sanitation
  • Best practices in both wet and dry cleaning conditions
  • Detection methods and their role in validation of sanitation programs
  • SSOPs

Who Should Attend?

  • QA/QC Professionals
  • Sanitarians
  • Plant Managers


To receive the early registration price, have your registration in before Monday, February 28, 2011. Please note all participants will be responsible for their transportation expenses and accommodation fees at the Hyatt Regency – O’Hare Hotel. Registration cost does include continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments on the days of the workshop.

Before February 28, 2011
After February 27, 2011
FARRP Member Early $460FARRP Member Regular $485
Non-Member Early $510Non-Member Regular $535


Alternate Forms of Registration

Print and Mail:
Fill out the registration form on the workshop brochure. Mail the completed registration form along with a check made out to “FARRP” to:

Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP)
Food Allergens Workshop
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
c/o Pat Gergen
257 Food Industry Complex
Lincoln, NE 68583-0955

Cancellation Policy

The registration fee is only refundable if the workshop is filled or cancelled. No refunds will be given if your attendance is not possible. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute in your place.


Hyatt Regency - O'Hare Hotel
9300 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847-696-1234
Toll-free: 800-233-1234
Fax: 847-698-0139

Room Rates

A block of rooms have been reserved for the Food Allergens Workshop. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservations.

  • Special room rate of $145/night, single or double occupancy
  • Cutoff date for the special room rate – Monday, February 28, 2011. After Monday, February 28, 2011 rooms and rates subject to availability.


Dress for the meeting is Business Casual. As meeting room temperatures are difficult to regulate for a large group, it is recommended that you layer your clothing.


  • Complimentary O’Hare airport shuttle service provided by the hotel
    • Runs every 20 minutes.
    • Follow the red Shuttle signs at the airport to the designated pick-up area, O’Hare bus/Shuttle Center Door One.
    • International travelers must use the courtesy phone inside the terminal.
    • Shuttle buses are blue with white signage that reads Hyatt Regency O’Hare.
    • For pick-up between 12:00 midnight and 4:00 a.m., guests must call the hotel directly.
  • Taxi service is available from the lower curb of all terminals at the O’Hare International Airport. Approximate cost O’Hare to Hyatt Regency is $10 - $12. 


For those driving, the hotel is easily accessible to all major highways.

Hyatt Regency Rosemont Illinois



Local Dining

The hotel is located near many restaurants. We have compiled a short list of these nearby restaurants. For a more complete list of area restaurants and shops, visit under guest services.

For Additional Information Contact:

Pat Gergen, FARRP
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Phone: 402-472-5302
Fax: 402-472-5307