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Cross-contamination of allergens : a focus on how to judge and communicate

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Cross-contamination of allergens : a focus on how to judge and communicate

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Background: Allergens are ‘hot topic’ at the moment and a lot of companies are searching for a clear way to label allergens on their products. There’s also a lot of discussion about the right and clear way to declare these allergens. Food producers often place allergens on their ingredient declaration, even when the allergens aren’t present in the product. This causes a lot of confusion to the consumer. Tradin only wants to communicate the relevant risks to the customers in a clear way to prevent valid and invalid claims as much as possible. Aim: How should Tradin judge the information about cross-contamination of allergens and in what way can Tradin communicate this information to her customers so that claims can be avoided? Methods: This thesis consists of a literature study and a survey. For the literature study relevant scientific articles were used to search for background information about allergens and what common effects on health are. Also, articles about the communication of cross-contamination of allergens in the international trade and how this is judged by the consumer were used. Information about the cross-contamination of allergens that are applicable for Tradin was found in the database of Tradin. This information is summarized in multiple tables. The survey was sent to 16 of Tradin’s customers to find out how they think of the current communication of cross-contamination of allergens. Out of the 16 customers, six replied. Results: A lot of food-allergic people depend on food labels for their information about allergens, but according to research consumers stay skeptical about the exactness of the information that’s put on the label. Research also indicates that the label ‘may contain’ is overused and shows a poor correlation with the actual presence of the food allergen due to cross-contamination. Also, some food-allergic consumers are taking risks intentionally by ignoring precautionary labeling in particular. This could cause serious health problems for allergic consumers. Because a lot of advisory labels (like ‘may contain’) are on consumer level, a more business-to business method to communicate cross-contamination is put forward for Tradin. This method is unique and fully applicable to Tradin. One of the results of the survey was that most of the respondents would like to be informed by a more comprehensive and more informative declaration of cross-contamination of allergens on the products specification. This result is consistent with the invented business-to-business way of declaring, instead of one of the traditional labels, like ‘may contain’. To judge the information about cross-contamination, all the relevant information from Tradin’s data base is collected and analysed. Multiple factors were taken into account, such as supplier’s information, country of origin, subcontractors, storage, transport, incoming inspections, processing and characteristics of the raw material. The result was a self-designed risk based decision tool and a statement that can be send to the customer in case of complaints or claims. Conclusion: Tradin should judge the information about cross-contamination of allergens by using the self designed risk based decision tool. This tool will help by deciding whether a cross-contamination should be declared on the product specification or not. When it should be declared, Tradin will indicate where in the process the cross-contamination has occurred. Does it occur on the production line (this includes site and storage as well), then it will be declared with ‘P’. Does the cross-contamination occur on the field, it will be declared with ‘F’. This way of declaring is more business-to-business, unique and fully applicable for Tradin. This would be a more informative and innovative way to declare cross-contamination compared to other traditional labels. In case of complains Tradin can send the statement with explanation to the customer.

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
InstituutBewegen, Sport en Voeding
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Jaar2015
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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