AOAC GFA Stakeholder Program Meeting Book (August 29, 2021)

AOAC Food Allergens Working Group Updates

Melanie Downs, Ph.D. Food Allergens Working Group Chair Food Allergy Research & Resource Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Why do different methods give different results?

Allergen Method End User Confusion

Why do the same methods used in different labs give different results?

How should we decide which method to use?

Don’t methods work the same with all samples?

Aren’t the most sensitive methods the best?

Third-party laboratories Food manufacturers Auditors Regulatory agencies and inspectors

How many samples should we analyze?

Isn’t below the limit of detection the same as zero?

Are methods sensitive enough?



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