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Food Allergens

Call for Papers

Food allergen contamination is an important public health issue and has attracted growing interest of regulatory agencies and legislators. The lethal risks associated with food allergies and the concern to protect public health have led regulatory bodies in the last decade to issue legislation concerning the labeling of principal food allergens around the globe. At European level a list of 14 food allergens whose presence is mandatory to be declared in the respective food label has been drawn down. In order to detect allergens in food different methodologies have been developed for their identification and detection. The scientific community has actively worked in this direction in order to deliver sensitive methods for their prompt detection along the food chain. On the other hand advanced methodologies based on the latest mass spectrometer generation have already had a central role in the last years in multiple detection of several categories of allergens potentially contaminating foods. LC-MS/MS methods have been ultimately designed for tracing multiple allergens in food products and new food allergens have been detected and identified in different commodities by 2DE immunoblotting and MS. In addition, featuring high speed in execution, easy to use, with high degree of automation, biosensors proved to be potentially applicable for direct, real-time, on-line monitoring of allergens along the food chain. Great efforts have been devoted in the recent years to this innovative application field of biosensors also implementing nanotechnology.

For the present special issue dedicated to the different chemical strategies optimized for detection of allergenic proteins in foods, we invite scientists around the world to actively contribute to it. In order to match the interest of the scientific community on this specific topic we encourage submission of original research papers as well as review articles with particular emphasis to the innovative and advanced technologies in food allergen research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent developments in HPLC-MS method for food allergen detection
  • Rapid approaches for effective food allergen monitoring across the food chain
  • Chemical sensors and biosensors for food allergen detection
  • Molecular biology tools applied to the detection of allergens in food
  • Identification of new allergenic proteins in foods
  • Investigation on the allergenic potential of processed foods

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jchem/guidelines. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/jchem/food.chemistry/allerg/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 4 July 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 26 September 2014
Publication DateFriday, 21 November 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Linda Monaci, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Italian National Research Council, Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Tatiana Cucu, University of Ghent, Belgium Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Carmen Diaz-Amigo, Eurofins CTC GmbH, Stenzelring 14b, 21107 Hamburg, Germany
  • Isabel Mafra, Requimte, Faculdade de Farmácia, R. Anibal Cunha, 164, 4050-047 Porto, Portugal
  • Gianfranco Mamone, Italian National Research Council, Via Roma 52 A/C, 83100 Avellino, Italy