The Food Allergen Generation

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Throughout the semester we’ve discussed how food science has changed in the past century, the past 50 years, and even since you guys entered the scene 20 years ago.

To this point, the food allergen issue is one you’ve been hearing about probably since you were in 1st grade.  But for your parents’ generation (and certainly mine), we never heard of food allergies and never knew someone who could get sick (or die) from eating peanuts.  Before your generation, there was no labeling and the food industry paid little attention to this issue.

This situation, as you know, is completely different.  Next week, Dr. Steve Taylor will explain how we got to this point.  He will also lead you through case studies so you have a sense of the sometimes difficult decisions a food company could have to make when faced with the prospect of multi-million dollar recalls.



  1. I’m so excited to listen to Dr. Taylor’s lecture! I find this topic extremely interesting, because I have many family members and friends who suffer from food allergens!

  2. Growing up in a time where I was told I couldn’t bring a PB&J to class because one of my classmates was very allergic to peanuts, it amazes me that my parents never dealt with anything food allergy related. It will be interesting to hear how and why all of this changed!

  3. I find food allergies very interesting because I am not allergic to anything. I worked at a daycare where we could not bring anything that contained nuts because one little boy was so allergic. I am excited to hear more about allergies and how exactly they came about!

  4. Someone I know has a ton of food allergies, along with allergies in general. They get shots every week for their seasonal and outside allergies and have to avoid eating all foods that they are allergic to. I know they are allergic to peanuts and a amoxicillin i am not quite sure about the other food item that they are allergic to.

  5. This is a very important issue in the food world and is often not paid very much attention to. I do not have any food allergies, but I am always willing to learn about the effects and what can happen if ingested. I am always reading labels and will always see which foods may contain certain allergens.

  6. Listening to his lecture made me realize how lucky I am not to be allergic to any foods. Checking labels and putting trust into manufacturers must be really hard for people who struggle with food allergies. Especially with how common they are in today’s society.

  7. After listening to his lecture it amazes me how many allergies were barely or almost never around back then. With more and more food allergens coming to light and I feel its very important to make changes on how we process food and how we label these foods to make it safer food people that have these allergies. Im interested to see what kind of substitute products, if any, are made in the future to enable people with food allergies to enjoy some of their favorite foods without having a reaction.

  8. Dr. Taylor’s first lecture was very interesting. I would’ve never guessed that the allergy to crustacea is more prevalent than the allergy to peanuts in the U.S., or that cesarean sections may have a link to food allergies. I am very much looking forward to next week’s second lecture!

  9. Dr. Taylor’s lecture today expand my knowledge about food allergy. I have a friend that has gluten allergy and anytime she eats something with very small amount of gluten she gets skin rash and itching, and those signs won’t go away in at least 8 hours. Anytime she goes grocery shopping, she has to look for gluten-free stuff like gluten-free bread or gluten-free pasta that honestly are not tasty at all. She knows that but she has to get used to it since she has no other choices. I am lucky to be born with no allergies, but seeing people around me getting irritated by what they eat makes me want to study more about food allergens and the causes of their outgrowth

  10. I enjoyed listening to Dr. Taylor’s lecture today. It was very interesting to me because I have many personal connections to food allergies from being lactose intolerant and slowly growing out of it as I get older, having a close friend that has celiac disease and also witnessing my aunt going on a gluten free diet.

  11. Dr. Taylor’s lecture was very fascinating and important. I definitely learned a lot of information, but am still curious to what the root of all the allergies are. He provided insightful information to one of my questions I’ve always had growing up as to why when we’re introduced to allergens that we react more severely with each exposure compared to if it were like an illness that we build an immunity.

  12. I think it is interesting that some people are allergic to a lot of foods and others can eat whatever they want with out worrying if they are going to get sick from it. My mom runs a daycare and watches a kid who is allergic to peanuts, soy, milk, and grape juice and flavorings among a few other things. When I help my mom buy snacks at the grocery store for her kids, it’s difficult to find snacks like the other kids get that this kid can safely consume. I can’t imagine having to live with allergies like that and to be constantly worrying if what I’m eating is going to make me sick. It was interesting to learn where allergies come from and other facts about them in Dr. Taylor’s lecture.

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