To address food allergy issues from the point of view of risk management, an expert group appointed by the Food Allergy Task Force of the International Life Sciences Institute ILSI Europe reviewed the criteria.
We propose a revised set of criteria together with a framework which can be used to help decide which allergenic foods are of sufficient public health importance to be included in allergen lists.
Criteria include clinical issues (diagnosis, potency of allergen, severity of reactions), population elements (prevalence, exposure) and modulating factors (food processing). In the framework, data providing evidence for these criteria are weighted according to quality, using a ranking derived from evidence-based medicine.
The advantage of this approach is that it makes explicit each of the considerations, thereby rendering the whole process more transparent for all stakeholders.
(Allergenic foods),(Criteria),(Risk),(DBPCFC),(Public health)