From 2013 until 2017 the EU project “integrated Food Allergy and Allergen Management (iFAAM)” was executed. The overall aim of the iFAAM project was to develop evidence-based approaches and tools for the management of allergens in food and integrating knowledge derived from their application into food allergy management plans and dietary advice by health care practitioners. A public summary of the achievements of the iFAAM project has been published.
TNO was leading the work package on risk modelling and this resulted in tools for performing allergen risk assessment and risk management. The following tools were developed:
1. The Allergen Tracking Tool (ATT) provides a simple tool to help companies make an initial qualitative assessment for any allergen of whether unintended allergen presence (UAP) could occur during the production process.
2. A tiered risk assessment approach
The Tier 1 risk assessment aims to provide an initial quantitative risk screen. The risk assessment is based on a comparison of the potential exposure to an unintended allergen with sensitivity data from the allergic population, to provide a binary outcome.
While the Tier 1 risk assessment is based on point estimates for consumption, contamination and threshold levels, the Tier 2 risk assessment use probabilistic methods to integrate all the available data distributions and knowledge and to reflect variability and uncertainty, resulting in a quantitative risk estimate. Compared to Tier 1, Tier 2 is more sophisticated and its application requires an understanding of the mathematical and statistical background.
3. A risk management matrix was developed. The options matrix tool summarizes risk management measures taken from literature, guidelines and practice.
The full report can be found here: https://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/208641_en.html