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Communicating about food allergies:
Information for consumers, regulators and industry

Contract number : QLK1-2002-02284
Contract type : Concerted Action
Total cost : Under negotiation
EC contribution : Under negotiation
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Barend Verachtert
Project website : not yet available
Dr Clare Mills
Institute of Food Research
Food Materials Science Division
Norwich Research Park, Colney
NR4 7UA Norwich
United Kingdom
Tel.: +441603255000
Fax: +441603507723
E-mail: clare.mills @ bbsrc

Whilst around 1-2% of European adults have been diagnosed food allergic, perceptions are that it is common, with 1/3 of adults believing they suffer from food allergy. Such concerns and the dangers posed by allergenic foods to the severely allergenic, means provision of good quality information to the public on food allergies is imperative. Communication strategies relevant to the food allergy area will be developed to promote the provision of visible, credible sources of information, which are appropriate to the different stakeholders, including consumers, industry and regulators. These will be refined within the arena of current food allergy research. Recommendations will be implemented by developing a web platform including an electronic database on allergenic foods.


The main objective is to develop communication strategies to promote the provision of visible, credible sources of information on food allergies appropriate to consumers, industry & regulators. This will be met by:

  • DEFINING the relevant communication issues, taking into account the needs, attitudes & value systems of different stakeholder groups across the EU;
  • DEVELOPING a set of recommendations & strategies for communication of information relevant to each of the stakeholder groups;
  • DEVELOPING a credible Food Allergy Information Platform including an electronic database which implements recommendations developed in objective 2;
  • REFINING communication strategies within the arena of current food allergy research in Europe funded at national level & through RTD projects within Framework VI.
(expected) Results and achievements
  • Multidisciplinary network to interact with key stakeholders in allergenic risk management and communication;
  • Documents summarising current information provision across the EU, identifying any gaps;
  • Risk communication strategies targeted at stakeholder groups which address cultural, language and educational differences;
  • Web platform with allergenic food materials database integrated with other credible sources, allergy website jumpstation and summaries on current EU allergy research.


Sanquin Research at CLB
Department of Immunopathology
Plesmanlaan 125
1066 CX Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Tuwina 10 Str.
10-747 Olsztyn
Turku Allergy Center
European Federation of Asthma and Allergy Associations
Kotkankatu 2
20610 Turku
Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition
Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
M°rkh°j Bygade 19
2860 S°borg
Department of Food Safety and Health
State Institute for Quality Control of Agricultural Products (RIKILT)
Bornsesteeg 45
6700 AE Wageningen
Universitat de Barcelona
Departament d'Antropologia Cultural i Hist˛ria d'AmŔrica i └frica
Baldiri Reixac, S/N
08028 Barcelona
Consumer Safety Department
Applied Science & Technology Group
Safety And Environmental Assurance Centre
Unilever Research & Development
Colworth House
MK44 1lQ Sharbrook, Bedford
United Kingdom
Laboratoire d'Immuno-Allergie Alimentaire
Service de Pharmacologie et d'Immunologie
CEA-Saclay, BÔtiment 136
91191 Gyf-sur-Yvette
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano
Dipartimento di Medicina Interna
Ospedale Maggiore di Milano
Via Francesco Sforza N.35
20122 Milano
University of Derby
DE3 5GX Derby
United Kingdom
Product Safety Center
Regulatory Science
Monsanto Company
800 North Lindbergh Blvd
63167 St. Louis, Missouri
United States of America
Food Materials Science Division
Institute of Food Research
Norwich Research Park, Colney
NR4 7UA Norwich
United Kingdom
Universidad PolitÚcnica de Madrid
Departamento de BiotecnologÝa
E.T.S.Ingenieros Agrˇnomos
Ramiro de Maeztu 7
28040 Madrid
Bornsesteeg 59
6700 AA Wageningen
The Netherlands
Matforsk Norwegian Food Research Institute
Osloveien 1
1430 Aas
The Aarhus School of Business
The MAPP Centre
Haslegaardsvej 10
8210 Aarhus V
Department of Pediatrics
Allergy Unit
P & A Kyriakou Children's Hospital
Thevon and Levadias Street
11527 Athens
EHI - Eurohandelsinstitut
Spichernstra▀e 55
50672 K÷ln
Interuniversitńres Forschungsinstitut fŘr Agrarbiotechnologie IFA-Tulln
Center for Analytical Chemistry
Konrad-Lorenz-Stra▀e 20
3430 Tulln
Rothamsted Experimental Station
Crop Performance and Improvement
West Common
AL5 2JQ Harpenden
United Kingdom
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology
Technion City
32000 Haifa
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Biotechnology Studies Branch
Division of Food Processing and Packaging
6502 S. Archer Rd.
60501 Summit-Argo, Illinois
United States
Gent University
Faculty of Agricultural and applied Biological Sciences
Division Agro-Marketing
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent
Central Science Laboratory
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ
United Kingdom
Southampton University
Allergy & Inflammation Science Division
Child Health,
Southampton General Hospital
Mailpoint 803
Tremona Road
SO16 6YD Southampton
United Kingdom
Tepnel Biosystems Limited
Deeside Industrial Park
1 Newtech Square
CH5 2NT Deeside
United Kingdom
UnitÚ de Biochimie et Technologie des ProtÚines
La GÚraudiŔre
44316 Nantes 03
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition
Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences
76100 Rehovot
Department of Pathophysiology
University of Vienna
Wńhringer GŘrtel 18-20
1090 Wien
Institute for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission
Joint Research Centre
Via E.Fermi, 1
21020 Ispra
Federation of Migros Cooperatives
Swiss Quality Testing Services
GrŘnaustrasse 23
8953 Dietikon
Agricultural University of Athens
Laboratory of Agribusiness Management
Department of Agricultural Economics & Development
Iera Odos 75
11855 Votanikos
Anaphylaxis Campaign
275 Fanborou
1 Alexandra Road
GU14 6BU Fanborough, Hampshire
United Kingdom
Food Allergy Research and Resource Program
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
351 Food Industry Building
68583-0919 Lincoln, NE
United States
European Commission
Directorate General Joint Research Centre
Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements
SIK - Institutet F÷r Livsmedel och Bioteknik Ab
40229 G÷teborg
Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione
Via Ardeatina 546
00178 Roma

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