FOODSCI 715 : Food Allergens and Intolerants
2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)
As food allergy becomes an increasing problem it is important to gain an in depth appreciation of the area from a food industry perspective. The prevention of allergic reactions to allergens in food products is a collective responsibility between regulatory authorities, food producers and allergic consumers. Under the Food Standards Code 1.2.3 of Australia and New Zealand some foods have to be labelled as allergens. Most food allergens are proteins with more than seventy foods reported to be associated with food allergy. Food additives and genetically modified foods may also be associated with food allergy. Other foods and food additives are associated with food intolerance, which presents with similar symptoms, but has different underlying mechanisms. Over ninety per cent of food allergies are associated with eight foods or food groups: milk, hen's eggs, fish, crustacean seafood, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat. An allergen overview of these foods includes the characterisation of the allergens, changes in allergenicity associated with processing, the role that different species play, the cross reactivity of allergens, clinical features of the allergic reactions and epidemiology. Correct diagnosis of allergenic hypersensitivity to a particular food is of utmost importance and there are ways of detecting allergens as health risk factors. In the food industry it is important to know how to detect allergens and to develop a risk analysis strategy for a food allergen during food production. Consumers need to know which foods contain allergens and this is communicated via labelling on packaged foods but food allergens must also be communicated to consumers for unpackaged food sold in in shops and supermarkets, in cafes restaurants and in food catering.
In summary this course will cover the foods or food groups containing the major food allergens, their epidemiology, and mode of action, common adverse reactions to food and their management. It will also cover the importance of knowledge about food allergens in new product development and in food labelling.
This is postgraduate online course. All lectures will be posted online and there will be assignments and online discussions. This course will help the students in careers in food industry.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Be able to explain the biological mechanisms underlying food allergy and other food associated effects on the immune system (Capability 1)
- Describe and explain the factors that influence the incidence and prevalence of food allergy (Capability 2)
- Be able to recognise the symptoms, adverse reactions and treatment of food allergy (Capability 3 and 4)
- Be able to recognise the similarities and difference between food allergy and non- allergic hyper-reactivity to food (food intolerance) (Capability 4)
- Identify and describe the biological mechanisms underlying food allergy and other food associated effects on the immune system (Capability 5)
- Recognise the factors that influence the incidence and prevalence of food allergy (Capability 6)
- Describe an overview of the symptoms, adverse reactions and treatment of food allergy (Capability 5)
- Recognise and interpret the similarities and difference between food allergy and non- allergic hyper-reactivity to food (food intolerance) (Capability 4)
- Identify critique and evaluate how to quantify allergic reactions to food in people (Capability 5)
- Explain how to detect food allergens in the food industry (Capability 1)
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 7 hours of lectures, a 1 hour in online discussions, 1 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 1 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.
Attendance is [required/expected] at scheduled online activities including tutorials & discussions to complete/receive credit for components of the course.
The course will include live online events including [group discussions/tutorials/lectures] and these will be posted on canvas.
Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.
Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement/be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.
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Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.