Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the world’s leading non-governmental organization engaged in food allergy advocacy and the largest private funder of food allergy research, will announce details of a global initiative to develop a new, safe and compassionate diagnostic tool for individuals that suffer from food allergies.
Because blood and skin prick tests are not always conclusive, the Oral Food Challenge (OFC) is currently considered the “Gold Standard” for definitively diagnosing food allergies. During an OFC, the patient is fed increasing quantities of a suspect food until they either react or consume the entire sample. Needless to say, the test can take an outsized physical and emotional toll on pediatric and adult patients as well as their families.
Here is the wonderful Lizzy Anderlik describing her first-hand experience with an oral food challenge and the need for a replacement:
On Thursday, March 25, 2021, FARE will be launching a global, multi-million dollar challenge to develop a new diagnostic test to replace the Oral Food Challenge as the go-to method for diagnosing/confirming a food allergy. FARE has named the new initiative the FARE FAITH Challenge Global Research Competition.
SnackSafely.com will be on-hand for the launch to cover the event for our audience.
Source: Media Advisory