EFSA Launch of public consultation: draft opinion on evaluation of allergenic foods & food ingredients for labelling purposes


Dear Dietitian,

I would like to inform you that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recently launched an on-line public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the evaluation of allergenic foods and food ingredients for labelling purposes.

The document updates previous EFSA opinions on food ingredients or substances that are known to cause adverse reactions. These include: cereals containing gluten, milk and dairy products, eggs, nuts, peanuts, soy, fish, crustaceans, molluscs, celery, lupin, sesame, mustard, and sulphites. The document includes information on the prevalence of food allergy in unselected populations, on proteins identified as food allergens, on cross-reactivities, on the effects of food processing on allergenicity of foods and ingredients, on methods for the detection of allergens and allergenic foods, on doses observed to trigger adverse reactions in sensitive individuals, and on the approaches which have been used to derive individual and population thresholds for selected allergenic foods.

The on-line public consultation will remain open until Friday 8th August 2014 and can be accessed via the following link: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/consultations/call/140523.htm


With kind regards,

Dr. Mary Flynn (EFAD representative on the EFSA Stakeholder Consultative Platform)

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster

Chief Specialist Public Health Nutrition

Food Safety Authority of Ireland