Analytical methods for food allergens: open issues

16/06/2022 - 16:00 - 18:00 GMT+2

Roland E. Poms, PhD

Joseph Baumert, PhD, Prof.
Robouch Piotr, PhD
Bert Popping, PhD
Jürgen Schloesser
Mark Sykes
Cesare Varallo
Michael Walker, PhD

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Why this event  

Undeclared food allergens are among the most frequent cause of food recalls and alerts. Food industries invest quite a lot of resources to assess and manage the risk of allergens, still, incidents happen. In 2021 Affidia hosted a panel to discuss with several experts the whole topic (the video of the event is available at This time we are going to focus on the analytical issues, considering that it is unlikely that the regulatory scenario will change soon. Several international institutions or think tanks published even recently new guidelines about the management of food allergen risk (WHO, ILSI), but in the end industries and laboratories have to choose an analytical method, to guarantee results are consistent in the day-by-day use, to get the accreditation and to communicate the results in an understandable way. Regulatory authorities neither decided which are the threshold doses nor standardized the reference materials to be used as calibrators in the analytical methods. In the academic world, there is a growing trend to suggest LC-MS/MS as the confirmatory method for food allergens, but for the moment ELISA and PCR are considered methods that do not require any confirmation, providing the test has been accredited.    


The format  

We do not like classic webinars: 80-90% of the time is occupied by long slideshow presentations, something that people can watch at any time on-demand. A live event makes sense if the organizers can gather experts and professionals that report their experience and discuss the topic, not just because there is a short Q&A section at the end. This is why we created “Affidia Talks”, real live discussions stimulated by facts and witnesses in a video introduction.  

Commercial communications will be clearly shown as such, interviewed stakeholders will not advertise any product or service and the panellists are totally independent high-level experts.    


Who should attend  

This event will be very useful for safety and quality managers of the food industries, retailers, and public health authorities. It is also a unique opportunity for test kit manufacturers and sellers to learn more about the troubles their customers are facing.     


Agenda of the event    

• Introduction
• The laboratory tests as a key element of the allergen Quantitative Risk Assessment and Risk Management.
- Interviews with the QA managers of the food industry
- Panel 1
• The test kits (ELISA, PCR): which method to use when?
- Interviews with the test kit manufacturers
- Panel 2
• How to deal with the food industry needs and how to report the test results.
- Interviews with service laboratories
- Panel 3
• Q&A           


Prof. Roland E. Poms, PhD (IU International University of Applied Sciences)

- Prof. Joseph Baumert, PhD (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
- Bert Popping, PhD (FOCOS)
- Piotr Robouch, PhD (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
- Jürgen Schloesser (Schloesser Consult)
- Mark Sykes (Fera Science Ltd.)
- Cesare Varallo (Food Law Latest) 
- Prof. Michael Walker, PhD (University of Belfast) 

- Samuele Asnicar (Agrolab)  
- Nicola Bortoletto, PhD (Generon)
- Federica Cattapan (Mérieux Nutrisciences Italy) 
- Elena Dominguez, PhD (ZEU) 
- Daniele Grano (Dr. Schär)
- Barbara Hirst (rssl)
- Jasmine Lacis-Lee (Allergen Bureau)
- Anthony Lupo (Neogen Corp.)
- Adrian Rogers (Bio-Check Ltd.)
- Stefan Schmidt (R-Biopharm)
- George Siragakis (Food Allergens Labs)
- Stefano Zardetto (Voltan) 


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