Advances in Analytical Techniques for Effective Food Allergen Management (#394)

Food allergy is a serious public health issue that could be life-threatening. It has even been fatal in some instances. The current prevalence is estimated to affect 6-8% of children and 1-3% of adults, and has been increasing since such issues were brought to the attention of the research and general communities at large. Effective food allergen management and regulation of food allergens in processed foods depend on the establishment of reliable threshold levels and effective application of this information to risk assessment and food labelling requirements. This symposium, therefore, aims to provide an informative and interactive forum for researchers, industry and regulatory agencies representatives to share and discuss diverse research findings that support risk assessment and establishment of threshold levels for food allergen management. Research topics to be covered are, but not limited to: 1) analytical techniques for food allergens detection, 2) characterisation of food allergens, 3) current needs and challenges faced by regulatory agents and the food and medical industries, 4) upcoming techniques for food allergen detection, and 5) standardization and harmonisation of food allergen standards.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015