One of the greatest challenges facing the food industry isproviding safe food to an ever-increasing number of allergicconsumers through a global supply chain. Approximately 2–4%of western adults and up to 10% of children are currently thoughtto be sensitive to food allergens, and the issue is of majorcommercial significance to food manufacturers. The market for‘free-from’ foods has grown dramatically in recentyears and the demand for gluten- and dairy-free foods shows no signof abating in the foreseeable future. This volume provides an overview of the safe management of foodallergens, aiming to help all those with a vested interest inunderstanding how to protect consumer health through goodmanufacturing practice and clear labelling advice. It examines therisk management systems and practices being adopted by the foodindustry to tackle the growing hypersensitivity of consumers to arange of food proteins. The various aspects of the subject areaddressed from a range of perspectives including that ofresearcher, food manufacturer, enforcement officer, clinician andconsumer. There will be an emphasis on the scientific analysis offood and environmental samples and their use in verifyingin-process controls and finished-product labelling claims. The bookis directed at food scientists and technologists based in industryand research, quality assurance personnel, clinicians and publichealth officials.
Risk Management for Food Allergy is developed by a team of scientists and industry professionals who understand the importance of allergen risk assessment and presents practical, real-world guidance for food manufacturers. With more than 12 million Americans suffering from food allergies and little indication of what is causing that number to continue to grow, food producers, packagers and distributors need to appropriately process, label and deliver their products to ensure the safety of customers with allergic conditions. By identifying risk factors during processing as well as determining appropriate "safe" thresholds of ingredients, the food industry must take increasingly proactive steps to avoid direct or cross-contamination as well as ensuring that their products are appropriately labeled and identified for those at risk. This book covers a range of critical topics in this area, including the epidemiology of food allergy, assessing allergen thresholds and risk, specifics of gluten management and celiac disease, and much more. The practical advice on factory risk management, catering industry practices, allergen detection and measurement and regulatory controls is key for food industry professionals as well as regulators in government and other public bodies. Science-based insights into the potential risks of food allergens Focused section on determining thresholds Practical guidance on food allergen risk management, including case studies
Controlling allergens in food is a matter of increasing importance for the food industry, especially in light of recent legislation. Effective handling of allergens depends on identifying allergenic ingredients, creating separate production lines for allergen-free products, and effective labelling to inform consumers about which products are safe to eat. Recent attention has also focused on novel methods to manage allergens in food, for example by reducing allergenicity through the prudent selection of raw food materials and improved processing techniques. This important collection provides a clear introduction to food allergens and allergy and offers a comprehensive review of current research contributing to safer food production with regard to allergens. Part one discusses the diagnosis of offending foods and how allergens can affect the quality of life. Expanding on these fundamentals, part two reviews the effect of different methods of food processing on allergens and novel technologies which can reduce the potency of allergens or remove them altogether from foods. The final part of the book covers the key area of risk assessment and allergen management to achieve more uniform standards within the industry. Practical strategies to improve consumer acceptance of GM foods are also discussed. With its distinguished editors and array of international contributors, Managing allergens in food is an essential reference for producers, manufacturers, retailers and all those wishing to improve safety in the food industry. Presents a cohesive summary of recent research into safer food production Discusses the effects of food processing on allergens An international team of editors
This book comprehensively addresses the sources of allergenic contaminants in foods, their fate during processing, and the specific measures that need to be taken to minimize their occurrence in foods. The book provides up-to-date information on the nine major allergens (as well as other emerging allergens) and practical guidelines on how these allergens can be identified and controlled during production and processing. Starting with an introduction to food allergens, the book follows with sections on food allergen management during production and processing, guidelines for the processing of specific allergen-free foods, techniques for hypo-allergenization and allergen detection, and allergen-free certification.
Food allergy is recognized as an important public health issue, requiring collaboration between multiple stakeholders, including the food industry, to be effectively addressed. Allergen management in food production aims to assure the safety of allergic consumers. This is achieved by accurate allergen labeling and ensuring that either products do not contain unintended allergens in amounts that pose an unacceptable risk to food allergy sufferers or meaningful precautionary labeling is applied. To ensure this, food allergen risk management must be integrated into general food safety management and allergen risks considered at all stages of the food manufacturing process. Recent advances in understanding of minimum eliciting doses make it possible to estimate quantitatively the risk from cross-contact. However, validation studies and the use of analytical methods to quantify levels of carry-over are subject to many potential pitfalls and benefit from a rigorous approach to design, conduct and interpretation.
This book is the proceedings from a national conference on allergen management. Two leading research bodies, Leatherhead Food International (LFI), in conjunction with Campden BRI, hosted the conference to support the awareness and management of food allergens on the food industry. With food recalls due to cross contamination of allergens or incorrect allergen labelling an expensive problem for the food industry and dangerous for food-allergic consumers. Food Chain Allergen Management provides vital information on the tools available to enable businesses to manage allergens in the food chain. The book also includes information on allergen controls, the prevalence of food allergies, allergen management thresholds, auditing and retailer expectations. Essential reading for academics and industrialists in food science.
This volume identifies gaps in the assessment, management, and communication of food allergen risks. Chapters showcase best practices in managing allergen risks at various stages of the food chain, including during food manufacture/processing; during food preparation in food service, retail food establishments, and in the home; and at the point of consumption. The authors highlight key legislative initiatives that are in various stages of development and implementation at the federal, state and community levels. Finally, the volume includes recommendations for ways to build and strengthen education and outreach efforts at the food industry, government, institutional, and community levels. Chapters come from an array of experts, including researchers and key stakeholders from government, the food industry, retail/food service groups, and consumer groups. The information presented will facilitate the development of educational materials and allergen management training programs for food production and service staff, extension specialists, and government inspectors. Consumers and other food safety professionals will also benefit from information on food allergen control measures that have been put in place across the food chain.
Allergens in food and their detection, management and elimination constitute a key issue for food manufacturers, especially in terms of safety. This book reviews current and emerging technologies for detecting and reducing allergens, as well as issues such as traceability, regulation and consumer attitudes. Following an introductory chapter by a distinguished expert, part one covers allergen management throughout the food chain. Part two details current and emerging methods of allergen detection in food, and part three covers methods for reducing and eliminating allergens in food. Finally, part four focuses on the control and detection of individual food allergens and the risks each one presents in food manufacture. Reviews current and emerging technologies for detecting and reducing allergens, as well as issues such as traceability, regulation and consumer attitudes Covers allergen management throughout the food chain and reviews current and emerging methods of allergen detection Examines methods for reducing and eliminating allergens in food and provides a detailed overview of the control and detection of individual food allergens
Food Allergy aims to address the gap in research and literature on food allergy. Another objective of this book is to identity food allergens and provides patients with allergy a diet that is allergen-free, acceptable, and nourishing. This second edition of the book is organized into nine chapters. Several chapters from the first edition were extensive revised. These include Chapter 2 which deals with the tendency to consider all adverse reactions to foods as allergic reactions; Chapter 4 which present additions to the classification of food allergens listed in the first edition; Chapter 5 which focuses on the management of food allergy; and Chapter 9 which examines food allergy in infants. This book will be interest to medical professionals and others interested in understanding food allergy.
This guideline has been designed to provide further explanation of the allergen management requirements of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and to aid individuals and companies in the development of robust allergen management systems and procedures that adequately meet the requirements of the Standard. However, it should be noted that allergen management can be affected by all aspects of the Standard and, even if allergens are not specifically mentioned, a failure to meet any requirement (e.g. document control, supplier assessment or protective clothing) could potentially lead to an allergen issue.
Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4%-6% of children in the United States.1,2 Children with food allergies are two to four times more likely to have asthma or other allergic conditions than those without food allergies.1 The prevalence of food allergies among children increased 18% during 1997-2007, and allergic reactions to foods have become the most common cause of anaphylaxis in community health settings. In 2006, about 88% of schools had one or more students with a food allergy. Staff who work in schools and early care and education (ECE) programs should develop plans for how they will respond effectively to children with food allergies. Although the number of children with food allergies in any one school or ECE program may seem small, allergic reactions can be life-threatening and have far-reaching effects on children and their families, as well as on the schools or ECE programs they attend. Any child with a food allergy deserves attention and the school or ECE program should create a plan for preventing an allergic reaction and responding to a food allergy emergency. Studies show that 16%-18% of children with food allergies have had a reaction from accidentally eating food allergens while at school. In addition, 25% of the severe and potentially life-threatening reactions (anaphylaxis) reported at schools happened in children with no previous diagnosis of food allergy. School and ECE program staff should be ready to address the needs of children with known food allergies. They also should be prepared to respond effectively to the emergency needs of children who are not known to have food allergies but who exhibit allergic signs and symptoms. Until now, no national guidelines had been developed to help schools and ECE programs address the needs of the growing numbers of children with food allergies. However, 14 states and many school districts have formal policies or guidelines to improve the management of food allergies in schools. Many schools and ECE programs have implemented some of the steps needed to manage food allergies effectively.4 Yet systematic planning for managing the risk of food allergies and responding to food allergy emergencies in schools and ECE programs remain incomplete and inconsistent.
In this excellent new book, specialist dietitians Isabel Skypala and Carina Venter bring together a team of expert authors to separate fact from fiction and provide the reader with an authoritative and practical guide to diagnosing, managing and preventing food allergy and intolerance.
Many different immunological and physiological reactions contribute to the symptoms of food allergy and food intolerance. This book is designed to provide the information and tools that are required to detect food sensitivities. It provides advice on nutritionally adequate diets to ensure the best possible health for food sensitive persons.
Doctor Mom's Prescription for Managing Your Food Allergies is a guide written to help you safely navigate your food allergies. It contains information for an adult, a child, or a family dealing with these issues. We start at the beginning, with diagnosis and testing. You will learn many techniques to prevent a reaction, but also how to manage one should it occur. Helpful hints are provided for successful label reading, understanding current laws, and becoming familiar with commonly used terminology. Tackling tough social situations and educating family and friends is also addressed. Sensible day to day tactics and food preparation pointers will reinforce your safety net and enhance your lifestyle! Doctor Mom is a mother, a licensed physician, trained surgeon, and a woman dealing with her own allergies. These helpful strategies come from her heart. They have been derived from her medical knowledge, her personal experiences and her extensive research. They are practical and thoughtful, yet knowledge based. Dr. Rita Malhotra-Kuczabski is dedicated to her family and to the community. She has received honors from her Borough President, and from her city's Mayor for outstanding community service. The author received both her Bachelor's Degree, and Medical degree with top honors. She was also the recipient of an annual scholarship to medical school from The Miss America Pageant. The author invites you to visit her website DrMomsAllergyRX.com. It offers a great deal of information on the subject including reaction prevention and management, product recommendations and recalls, current legislation, recipes, and much more. The site is proud to provide free online support forums. Embark on this journey with Dr Mom, and together, we will more successfully manage food allergies. *This book is NOT intended as medical advice. Involve your allergist in any decision making process.*
Dеаlіng with food аllеrgіеѕ саn bе dаuntіng. Thе effects оf a reaction range frоm somewhat bоthеrѕоmе tо роtеntіаllу deadly. Thеrе is nо сurе, so аnуоnе wіth a fооd аllеrgу muѕt vіgіlаntlу аvоіd thе fооdѕ that trіggеr a rеасtіоn. Sо hоw bеѕt can you рrоtесt уоurѕеlf? This book gives you tips and guides to create a system or even routine thаt саn feel mаnаgеаblе to guide and support yourself and your children against food allergens.
A guide to understanding and handling food allergies and sensitivities A comprehensive overview of food sensitivities, including food allergies and food intolerances. The authors clear up much of the confusion consumers have about food sensitivities as they help food-sensitive individuals understand their symptoms, manage their condition and learn to enjoy eating again. Features: - Listing of most common food allergies - Examination of the differences between allergies and intolerances - Discussion of where to look for hidden food allergens - Case studies of various allergic reactions - Questions to ask your doctor - Guide to traveling with food allergies - Quiz for when to get tested - A look at new and future treatments for food sensitivity
Hypersensitivity to certain food items causes food allergy. Certain foods such as peanuts, eggs and milk are the most common allergens. This book on food allergy deals with themes related to clinical manifestations of food allergy including its causes, diagnosis and effects. This book aims to shed light on some of the unexplored aspects of food allergy and the recent researches in this field. It is a compilation of chapters that discuss the most vital concepts and emerging trends in this field. It will serve as a valuable source of reference for graduate and post graduate students. This book with its detailed analysis and data, will prove immensely beneficial to professionals and experts involved in this area at various levels.
Too many children are having allergic reactions and anaphylaxis at school, often as a result of a lack of preparation and understanding. Each reaction is traumatic for the student who experiences it, for those who witness it, and for school staff who treat the child in the throes of this life threatening event. This important and comprehensive book presents straightforward information and recommendations for managing food allergies at school. Specifically covered are: ? A general overview of food allergies, including treatment and current research. ? A 3-Step Plan for school food allergy management. ? The process involved to develop a school district life threatening allergy policy. ? A thorough explanation of the laws that protect food-allergic students. ? The emotional impact of food allergies, including recommendations to support healthy coping strategies for the child and family. ? Practical tools, such as an Individual Healthcare Plan form, and a template for Recommended Standards for School Food Allergy Management. ? Highlighted excerpts written by parents and professionals offering their insights and experiences with food allergies. This book is required reading for parents and school personnel who are faced with the challenge of keeping children with food allergies safe at school.
Dr. Gupta provides a comprehensive overview of the clinjical management of food allergy. Articles are devoted to epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, immunology, and treatments of food allergy. Current knowledge of the relationship between the gut microbiome and food allergy is also presented as well as eosiniphilic esophagitis and oral allergy synrome.