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Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management – iFAAM

Total Budget: € 12,244,563iFAAM-Final-Logo
Consortium: 38 partners
Countries: 18
Duration: 1 Mar 2013 – 28 Feb 2017
Website: www.icc.or.at/projects/ifaam

Background

Up to 20 million European citizens suffer from food allergy. However, management of both food allergy (by patients and health practitioners) and allergens (by industry) is thwarted by a lack of evidence to either prevent food allergy from developing or protect adequately those who are already allergic.

Objectives

iFAAM is developing evidence-based approaches and tools for management of allergens in food and integrating knowledge derived from their application and new knowledge from intervention studies into food allergy management plans and dietary advice.

iFAAM will build on e-Health concepts to allow full exploitation of complex data obtained from the work of this project as well as previous and ongoing studies, maximising sharing and linkage of data through the development of an informatics platform called ‘Allerg-e-lab’.

Role of ILSI Europe

ILSI Europe, via its Food Allergy Task Force, plays an important role in the dissemination work package, coordinating effective dissemination of project results to all stakeholder groups to ensure impact in terms of improved quality of life for allergic consumers, improved food safety and increased competitiveness of the European food industry. An interdisciplinary steering committee worked together with ILSI Europe on the organisation of the first iFAAM workshop on ‘Tiered Risk Assessment Approaches’ (2 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium) and the second stakeholder consultationApplication of Food Allergen Management Tools’ (25-26 April 2016, European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel, Belgium). A final workshop on ‘Making ‘May Contain’ Transparent’ will be held on 13-14 December 2016 in Winchester, UK. ILSI Europe is also leading the development of best practice guidance and learning materials on food allergen management.

Expected Impact

The resulting holistic strategies will reduce the burden of food allergies in Europe and beyond, whilst enabling the European food industry to compete in the global market place. Stakeholders will be integrated into iFAAM to deliver harmonised approaches, including risk assessors or managers working on population risk, food industry professionals who manage allergens to ensure consumer safety, health care practitioners who provide food allergy management plans and dietary advice and allergic consumers to manage individual risk.

For further details on this project, please contact Dr Stéphane Vidry at svidry@ilsieurope.be or Dr Estefanía Noriega at  enoriega@ilsieurope.be.