Internet Symposium on Food Allergens 3(4): 185-92 (2001) [PDF-file]

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Allergen Data Collection:
Pork (Sus scrofa)
Authors in alphabetical order [contact information]
BESLER (Hamburg, Germany)
FIOCCHI (Milan, Italy)
RESTANI (Milan, Italy)


Reports of allergy to pork are relatively rare. Several events of anaphylactic reactions have been described. Recently the frequency of sensitization in skin prick test to pork in the general population was estimated to be 2.0% in a German study population. Meanwhile challenge proven allergy to pork ranges from 0.6% to 2.6% in food allergic individuals.
Allergic reactions occurred after ingestion of food products containing pork meat, kidney and gut.
A peculiar cross-reactivity of pork and cat epithelia has been reported in subjects with so-called "pork-cat syndrome". Cross-reactivity is due to serum albumins. Besides serum albumin several other IgE-binding proteins were detected.
This review presents data on prevalence and symptoms of pork allergy, and cross- reactivities and sources of pork allergens in tabular form.
  Prevalence of Pork Allergy
  Symptoms of Pork Allergy
  Diagnostic Features of Pork Allergy
  Composition of Pork
  Allergens of Pork
  5.1 Sensitization to Pork Allergens
  Isolation & Preparation
  Stability of Pork Allergens
  Allergen Sources

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