Advice of BuRO on preliminary reference doses for food allergens

In 2007, the Health Council of the Netherlands issued an advisory report on food allergies to the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). The Health Council found that food allergies are a major problem for a limited group of people. A potentially life-threatening form of food allergies affects an estimated 4,000-6,000 Dutch people, including 1,000-1,500 children (Health Council of the Netherlands, 2007). The Health Council concluded that it is crucial to avoid the consumption of allergens and that good product information is needed for that purpose (Health Council of the Netherlands, 2007).