This research project aims to identify and describe components in certain foods that cause a condition known as oral allergy syndrome.
<p>Two model systems will be used to measure the tendency of certain foods associated with oral allergy syndrome to cause allergy and cross-react with each other.
Oral allergy syndrome mainly occurs in people who are also sensitive to tree or grass pollens and involves itching, swelling or the development of a rash where certain types of food (e.g. fresh fruit and vegetables) touch the lips and mouth. For example, people who are allergic to birch pollen may also be allergic to apples.
<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/" target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.