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EFSA: new external scientific report on food allergies in Europe

Posted:  Thursday, December 05, 2013

In 2011, the European Food Safety Authority was mandated by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to perform a review of data regarding food allergy prevalence in Europe. On 4 November 2013, an external scientific report responding to the FSAI demand was published by the EFSA.

Report: Three systematic reviews were presented in the report:

The first systematic review was based on 92 studies and consisted in examining the available scientific literature on the prevalence of food allergies in Europe and worldwide related to the most common food allergens (milk/dairy products, eggs, cereals, peanuts, nuts, celery, crustaceans, fish, molluscs, soy, lupin, mustard and sesame). Changes in prevalence over the years were also studied, by aged group and emerging food allergens were presented.

The second systematic review included 25 studies and aimed at examining the relationship between food processing and allergenicity of foods in relation to the food allergens considered in the first section.

The third systematic review of 84 studies presented the available methods of detection and analysis of food allergens in processed food.

University of Portsmouth; Literature searches and reviews related to the prevalence of food allergy in Europe. EFSA supporting publication 2013:EN-506, 343 pp.

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