During the EAACI (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting, which was held in Nice, France from 7th to 9th February 2013, threshold levels and effective avoidance of food allergens was discussed. In this podcast, Dr. Josephine Wills, Director General of EUFIC, interviewed Dr. Geert Houben, Business Line Manager for Food Safety at TNO in The Netherlands. The discussion focused on precautionary food allergen labelling, the science underpinning the establishment of action levels and the work on-going in Europe on these issues.
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About the speaker
Dr. Geert Houben
Geert Houben has been active in the area of food safety since 1984. He is a trained Biologist and Toxicologist and graduated with a PhD from the University of Utrecht in 1992.
Prior to 1996, Geert held various research positions at the University of Utrecht. Since 1996, he has been working with TNO in the Netherlands and has held several research and management positions within the organisation. He was appointed Business Line Manager for Food Safety in January 2011 and is responsible for all TNO activities in the field of food and feed safety. His major scientific specialisations are (risk assessment in) food allergy, food and feed toxicology and immunotoxicology.
Geert is a member of various professional societies and currently is or was a member of many national, international and foreign advisory boards and conference or expert groups. He is registered as a Certified Toxicologist by SMBWO (NLD), NvT (NLD), and EUROTOX (Europe).
For more information on the EAACI meeting, click here.