Background and Objectives
Food allergy is of high and growing importance to public health, affecting consumers’ quality of life and impacting health service
resources. There is growing evidence that this impact is increasing at a global level as developing countries adopt a Western lifestyle. Minimising the risk from allergenic foods is a shared responsibility of all the stakeholders involved (e.g. patients, clinicians, food manufacturers, retailers, caterers and regulators). The Food Allergy Task Force aims to foster an international consensus on how to assess the risk and develop the tools which will help to manage this risk.
- The Food Allergy Task Force was the first to propose dose distribution modelling as an approach to characterising and subsequently assessing the risk posed by food allergens. By publishing a series of scientific articles, it set the framework for different thinking in the field of food allergy. This contributed to the acceptance of risk assessment based approaches for food allergens.
- The task force significantly contributed to the VITAL (Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling) scientific expert panel and the development of reference doses for allergens.
- The task force and its expert groups consist of a strong network of international experts and include among their partners world-class experts and leading organisations such as the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP) and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). The task force has been acknowledged as a reliable and valuable partner by national regulators (e.g. UK FSA, Health Belgium), by leading clinicians, by organisations representing people with food allergies and established industry players in the field.
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