The Food Allergy Epidemic – is a cure in sight?
There is a food allergy epidemic affecting up to 28,000 adults and 30,000 children in Northern Ireland. Many more worry about allergy and food intolerance and the prevalence appears to be increasing. Allergen recalls cost the food industry £Ms across the UK and in 2014 all caterers will be obliged by law to give allergen information. Burdens on consumers, the health services and the food industry are increasing. But is there a ‘cure’? Oral immunotherapy (OIT) shows promise – what are the costs and benefits? How should this be taken forward? The debate airs these issues in order to inform MLAs and stakeholders about food allergy and to network with patient support, regulators, EHOs, clinicians, researchers and representatives of the food industry, who are working to keep people with food allergy safe.
Tea and coffee will be served from 6.00pm, in the area outside the entrance to the Chamber. There will also be a small exhibition and some video displays.
Dr Andrew Clark, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge: ‘Oral Immunotherapy Study - what does it hold for the future?’
Lorcan Maneely ‘Personal reflections on the Oral Immunotherapy Study’
Maureen Paul Chief Executive Allergy NI: ‘The impact of food allergy on children, families and society’
Michael Walker safefood Food Allergy & Food Intolerance Network: ‘Safefood for people with allergies – can it be done in the catering sector?’
The Debate will be chaired by Basil McCrea MLA, Chair of the APG on Science and Technology.