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.  


Future Events:

Stakeholder Meeting
February 22nd, 2018, Brussels, Belgium
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6th Working Group Meeting
March 22 – 23rd 2018, Milan, Italy
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3rd Training School
June 5–7, 2018, Vienna, Austria
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