Special Issue "Food Allergens: Labelling, Characterization, Immunological Properties and Detection in Food Sources"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Linda Monaci
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Guest Editor
Institute of Sciences of Food Production, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISPA), via G. Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: food allergens; food profiling; allergenicity assessment; proteomics; food authenticity; nutraceutics
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Dr. Elisabetta De Angelis
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Guest Editor
Institute of Sciences of Food Production, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISPA), via G. Amendola 122/O, Bari 70126, Italy
Interests: food allergen; proteomics; metabolomics; analytical methods; mass spectrometry; food profiling; food authenticity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food allergy (FA) represents a public health concern in many areas of the world, and it has been increasing at an alarming rate in recent years. In this scenario, the role of scientific research is of paramount importance. Numerous studies have been accomplished and are currently in progress to deepen the knowledge about the characterization and immunological properties of different food allergens. On the other hand, labeling requirements are in place to fulfill the current legislation issued in Europe and in other countries. Nonetheless, legislation only concerns allergens intentionally introduced into foods and does not cover the likelihood of cross-contamination that might generate a real risk. These points represent crucial aspects in food allergen study, especially for so-called novel foods. No less important is the development of sensitive methods for food allergen detection that allow safeguarding allergic individuals from hazardous ingredients derived from food unintentional contamination. Despite the extended knowledge currently available on food allergens and food allergies, further efforts are still needed for a better comprehension of this phenomenon with the final aim to contain its spread. This Special Issue aims to collect original papers or review on food allergens encompassing the following topics: characterization of new and emerging allergens, assessment of immunological properties of known and new allergens, study of the effect of food processing on allergens’ physicochemical properties, food labeling requirements, and development of analytical methods for detection of allergens in food.

Dr. Linda Monaci
Dr. Elisabetta De Angelis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Foods is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Food allergens
  • Proteomics
  • Food allergens’ molecular characterization
  • Food allergens’ immunological properties
  • Food allergen detection
  • Novel foods
  • Food processing
  • Emerging allergens
  • Food allergens’ physicochemical properties
  • Allergenicity
  • Food labeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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