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Tuesday, April 25 • 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Unraveling the Complexities of Food Allergy: Implications to the Nutritionist, Consumer, and Food Industry
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Sponsored by the Egg Nutrition Center and the National Dairy Council


Chairs:  Tia M. Rains, PhD, Egg Nutrition Center and Jill Nichols, PhD, National Dairy Council


Introduction, Tia M. Rains, PhD, Egg Nutrition Center,Rosemont, IL and Jill Nicholls, PhD, National Dairy Council,Rosemont, IL

The Science Supporting Early Introduction of Allergenic Food, Daniel Rotrosen, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

The Roles of the Food and Foodservice Industries and PublicHealth Agencies
Steve L. Taylor, PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of the Global Burden, Causes, Prevention and Public Policy, Virginia Stallings, MD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe current recommendations for the introduction of potential food allergens to infants.
  2. Discuss the challenges in estimating the current prevalence of food allergies and how they are diagnosed.
  3. Describe differences between current and proposed food allergen labeling for packaged foods and implications for consumers.


Description:  Food allergy is a complicated, multifactorial disease and its causes, mechanisms and effects are not yet fully understood.  Public concern has grown in response to the apparent rise in global prevalence of food allergies.  The National Academies of Medicine receptly published a report titled "Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy: Assessment of Global Burden, Causes, Prevention, Management and Public Policy" to address what is currently known about the prevalence, diagnosis and management in addition to what research still needs to be done.  Dr. Stallings, the editor and chair of the NAM Food Allergy report, will present on the committee's findings and address gaps within the literature.  This session will also share emerging research around the topics of timing for introduction of food allergens as a way to mitigate or prevent food allergies, and a new approach to labeling allergens in packaged foods using a risk assessment framework.

Tuesday April 25, 2017 12:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
McCormick Place Convention Center