Food allergy - science and policy needs - The UK Food Standards Agency Research Programme

Joelle Buck, Sue Hattersley, Ian Kimber

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    Food allergy is a significant health issue in the UK, affecting between 1 and 2% of adults and 5 and 8% of children. The UK Food Standards Agency seeks to ensure the safety of food allergic consumers by providing them with information and guidance on food choices. Since 1995, with the aim of addressing important policy issues and improving the quality of the support and guidance available for food allergic consumers, the Agency (and before that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), has had a programme of research dedicated to investigating the causes and mechanisms of food allergy and delivering benefits for UK consumers. In this paper, we outline some of the major scientific challenges that the programme has sought to address. We reflect on how the findings have been used as a basis for the development of sound, evidence-based policy and advice for UK consumers, and the current direction of research being supported by the programme. © 2010.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)319-325
    Number of pages6
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2010


    • Antibody
    • Exposure
    • Food allergy
    • Prevalence
    • Sensitisation
    • T lymphocytes


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