COST Action 1402:

Improving Allergy Risk Assessment Strategy for New Food Proteins


To build an interdisciplinary European network of scientists with a broad range of expertise to discuss, with an out-of-the-box view, new ideas and more predictive models and approaches to improve the current allergenicity risk assessment strategy. This will facilitate international collaboration in the development of more predictive tools to assess allergenicity
Due to the continuing growth of the world population from 7 billion today to 9 billion in 2050, we will face a shortage of protein sources for human consumption in the near future. For this reason, Horizon 2020 included the topic: ”Sustainable European bio-economy; bridging the gap between new technologies and their implementation” within their research program. Food safety assessment is an important requirement before new products can be brought to market. Such assessments include the investigation of microbiological and toxicological hazards as well as the risk of food allergy.

From an industry perspective, there is a need for: a) relatively cheap, easy and reliable tools for screening for allergenicity of new or modified food proteins, b) early risk based decision-making during product development; and, c) an improved risk assessment strategy accepted by regulatory authorities.

The new multi-disciplinary scientific network will improve strategies to predict the allergenicity of novel or modified proteins or proteins from novel sources with novel and innovative approaches that have not previously been identified. This will allow the transfer of scientific advances to European food companies to develop safe products, advise food safety authorities on better risk assessment strategies and change public opinion on the safety of novel sustainable food.  


Michelle Epstein received a EAACI grant to start a task force on animal models.

It is: (40033) TF Animal Models of Allergic Disease


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European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation opens public consultation on Horizon 2020

The consultation is open until the 15th of January 2017 and provides an opportunity for all interested parties to give their views on the programme and suggestions for the future, in order to contribute to improving its overall functioning. Click to read.

TNO has launched an impact paper.

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Future Events:

Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management
26-27 Jan 2017, Bari

The 2-day international symposium is jointly organized by ISPA-CNR and MoniQA association and will focus on two hot topics: food frauds and effective allergen management. For information and to download the preliminary program please visit the website.