Joseph Baumert, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Director of the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP). His research focuses on the development and improvement of immunochemical methods for detection of food allergens and the development of quantitative risk assessment models for food allergen exposure assessment. Dr. Baumert's extension and outreach focuses on assisting the industry with food allergy risk assessment, risk management, and allergen training.
Class 1 recalls are defined as situations where there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a food product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans. Residues of most of the so-called "Big 8" (and soon-to-be "Big 9," with the recent addition of sesame seeds) allergenic foods are considered as a basis for Class 1 recalls. While food allergen recalls are unwelcome, potentially valuable lessons can be learned from these unfortunate events. Good manufacturing practices (GMPs) have evolved from corrective actions taken to prevent allergen recalls.