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TITLE Food Allergy   Food Allergy.pdf (374.9 KB)
Document ID LIB554
Document type Scientific advisory body other document
Issue date 01/10/2003
Document reference ISBN 1-57881-160-0
Original language of the document English
Document produced by ILSI Europe a.i.s.b.l. organisation visiting card
Document financed by ILSI Europe Food Allergy Task Force
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Consumer protection
  • Food safety


Short description  The Food Allergy Concise Monograph clarifies the differences between allergenic hypersensitivity reactions and other adverse reactions to food. It describes the symptoms and syndromes associated with adverse reactions to food, and the currently available analytical and clinical tools used to discriminate between them. The monograph also explains the biological mechanisms involved in food allergy. The impact of food processing, cross-reactivity between allergens, and allergen thresholds in the elicitation of allergenic reactions to food are discussed, along with dietary exclusion and food labelling practices as aspects in food allergy risk management.
This concise monograph is intended as a resource for health professionals, regulatory authorities and individuals involved in research into food allergy and adverse reactions to food.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Adverse reactions to food are of concern and interest to consumers, industry and science. Therefore, in 1994 ILSI Europe published a Concise Monograph on “Food Allergy and other adverse reactions to food”. During the nine intervening years the prevalence of food allergy in Europe has increased, especially in children. Public interest and awareness of health and diet has also increased during this ...

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