By Allergen Bureau

FAO and WHO call for food allergy experts and data

The Codex Committee on Food Labelling is reviewing provisions relevant to allergen labelling in the General Standard for the Labelling of Packaged Foods (GSLPF), as well as developing guidance on the use of precautionary allergen or advisory labelling (PAL). In response to a request from Codex for scientific advice, FAO and WHO are convening an expert meeting on this subject.

The aims of the project include: validating and updating the list of foods and ingredients in the GSLPF based on risk assessment; establishing threshold levels in foods of the priority allergens; and evaluating the evidence in support of precautionary labelling.

Applications are being sought no later than 29th February 2020 from people who have demonstrated scientific and technical excellence in various aspects of food allergy. Experts will be identified from applicants according to a number of selection criteria and invited to contribute to the meeting in accordance with their individual scientific capacity.

At the same time, the FAO and WHO are seeking data that may support the project. Data should be submitted no later than 31st May 2020.

More details about the project, including how to apply or contribute data, can be found on the WHO website.