Patterns and Prevalence of Adult Food Allergy (PAFA)

A study to understand food allergies and intolerances in adults in the UK.



What is PAFA?

Patterns and Prevalence of Adult Food Allergy (PAFA) is a research project that aims to find out how many adults in the UK have food allergies or intolerances.

We are carrying out this study so we can help improve policies and treatments for these people.

We want to learn more about:

  • allergy that starts in childhood and continues into adulthood
  • allergy that begins in adulthood
  • different reactions that adults have to foods they are allergic or intolerant to

PAFA is funded by the Food Standards Agency, a government department that makes sure food is safe and what it says it is.

The project is a partnership between the Universities of Manchester, Southampton and Amsterdam University Medical Centre, with NHS partners in Manchester, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

Our team

The University of Manchester

The University of Southampton

Amsterdam University Medical Centre



Why we’re doing this research

Currently, many people with allergies are told to avoid the foods they are allergic or intolerant to.

This is not always easy for people to do. It can also be expensive if they have to buy special allergen-free foods.

Because this kind of research hasn’t been done for more than 25 years, we don’t know if and how food allergies and intolerance among adults have changed since the early 1990s.

Carrying out this study will help us to update our data and find ways to make food allergy policies and treatments better for the adults who need them.





What the study involves

There are two parts to our research.

1. Survey

We will look at food allergy patterns in adults in Manchester, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

We will conduct a survey of adults aged between 18 and 70 years old to do this.

2. Previous studies

We will look at data from various allergy studies that have already taken place.

We will see if there have been any changes in food allergy patterns among the participants since they originally took part in those studies.

More information

More information about our study can be found in the following documents.



Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the PAFA project.