A protocol for a systematic review to identify allergenic tree nuts and the molecules responsible for their allergenic properties.

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Food regulations require that tree nuts and derived ingredients are included on food labels in order to help individuals with IgEmediated allergies to avoid them. However, there is no consensus regarding which tree nut species should be included in this definition and specified on food labels. Allergen detection methods used for monitoring foods target allergen molecules, but it not clear which are the most relevant molecules to choose. A modified population-exposure comparator-outcome (PECO) approach has been developed to systematically review the evidence regarding (1) which allergenic tree nuts should be included in food allergen labelling lists and (2) which are the
clinically relevant allergens which should be used as analytical targets. A search strategy and criteria against which the evidence will be evaluated have been developed. The resulting evidence will be used to rank tree nuts with regards their ability to cause IgE-mediated allergies, and allergen molecules regarding their capacity to elicit an allergic reaction. The results of the systematic review will enable risk assessors and managers to identify tree nut species that should be included in food allergen labelling lists and ensure analytical methods
for determination of allergens in foods are targeting appropriate molecules.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalFood and Chemical Toxicology
Early online date5 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017