Joint SACN/COT Working Group on the timing of introduction of allergenic foods into the infant diet

Last updated:
26 January 2017
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and the COT have formed a sub-group to prepare integrated risk benefit advice on the timing of introduction of allergenic foods into the infant diet.

Background

To complement the government review on complementary feeding in the first year of life, the Food Standards Agency commissioned a comprehensive systematic review of the published literature on the risks arising from the infant diet and the development of atopic outcomes and autoimmune disease. Part of this review looked at the timing of introduction of allergenic food introduction. Two areas from the systematic reviews have been identified that require a risk-benefit assessment in order to ensure that future policy is based on a sound scientific basis. These are the timing of introduction of peanut into the infant diet and the risk of developing peanut allergy, and the timing of introduction of egg into the infant diet and the risk of developing egg allergy.

Terms of reference

In light of the work being undertaken as part of the SACN review on ‘Feeding in the First Year of Life’ and COT’s statement on timing of allergenic food introduction, to  undertake a benefit:risk assessment on the timing of introduction of allergenic foods* into the infant diet.

Based on that benefit:risk assessment, to provide integrated advice to the UK health departments.

*hens’ egg and peanut