Last Weekend's FARRP Meeting

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the FARRP Board of Directors Meeting in Delray Beach Florida, where I presented some of my recent research on the Economic Impact of Food Allergies on US Consumers.  The Food Allergy Research and Resource Program was established in 1995 as a cooperative venture between the University of Nebraska and seven founding industry charter members. Today, FARRP has more than 70 member companies. FARRP has two primary missions:

Mission 1: Develop and provide the food industry with credible information, expert opinions, tools, and services relating to allergenic foods.
Mission 2: Develop and provide the agricultural biotechnology industry with credible information, expert opinions, tools, and services relating to novel foods and food ingredients including genetically modified products.

As a pediatrician it was interesting meeting with representatives from the food industry since I don't often get a chance to hear their perspectives on the challenges they face in making sure food is safe for kids with food allergy. They were very engaged and interested and wanted to learn all they could about food allergies and the challenges faced by consumers. We discussed possibly partnering on some studies in the future, so stay tuned...