Congress FAMS

Ben Remington represented TNO at the 3rd international conference Food Allergen Management Symposium (FAMS) 2019, 13-16 May in Melbourne Australia with 2 presentations:

  • Food consumption estimates for practical application in risk assessments and risk management programs.

This presentation summarized the food consumption work done in iFAAM on generating food consumption databases for allergen risk assessment and the selection of the optimal food consumption estimate. This work was published in 3 publications over the past 3 years (Birot et al 2017 ; 2018 , and Blom et al 2019 ). The research on food consumption in the SRP food Allergy was introduced, and included the update on the 24 hrs food intake recall study with food allergic patients for comparison of the food intake with that of the general population.

  • The modelling behind the translation of Individual Thresholds to Population Threshold dose distributions.

Presented was the research performed in the collaborative research of TNO and FARRP on developing a model averaging method for the threshold data, about determining NOAELs and LOAELs for threshold data, and the new version of our threshold database with around 3500 data points.

The conference was a 3-day symposium on the concepts of ’risk communication’, science of thresholds, reference doses, and their application.  Also covered were updates on regulation and policy, food fraud insights, frontiers in treatment and clinical research, the latest on detection methodologies from the laboratories.