Food allergies and intolerances are a major public health concern for affected consumers, manufacturers and public health authorities. Although they affect only a small portion of our population, the health implications can be serious and immediate. This is the reason why FDA requires food products with allergenic ingredients to be labelled.
Food Allergen Testing Services
To help manufacturers verify control programs and meet customer and regulatory requirements, our company provides qualitative and/or quantitative testing services for several food matrices, process samples, product samples, raw materials and finished products utilizing a range of technologies including PCR ELISA.
Some of the most common allergens are milk, eggs, soybeans, fish, peanuts, nuts, shellfish/crustaceans and gluten. Our experts offer experience and insight into the global and regional regulations concerning all allergens in food products.
Allergens (from Annex II of EC 1169/2011)
- Cereals containing gluten
- Oat, Barley, Rye, Spelt, Kamut, Wheat
- Lyzozyme (Sausage, cheese & wine)
- Milk sugar / Lactose
- Casein and/or Betalactoglobulin
- Walnut, Cashew Nut, Pistachio, Pinenut
- Almond, Hazelnut
- Sulphur dioxide (SO₂) and sulphites
Analytical testing is essential in monitoring, verifying, and validating your food safety and quality programs. Validation of processes like cleaning and product changeover procedures should include environmental samples (e.g. rinsing water, swab), as well as product testing. Swabs can be used to monitor the presence of allergens on product contact surfaces within the production plant.
Advanced Allergen Control Programs
In recent years, food manufacturers have taken action to manage allergen risk. This system requires the setup of accurate and systematic management of raw materials, flowing processes and other factors. It requires the involvement of company personnel as well as the implementation of auditing, process validation, and monitoring plans.
Testing is just one vital component of identifying allergen risks. Through audits and training programs for employees, we can help you to develop a control plan for allergen risk management.
To know more about our detailed offer for Allergen Testing fill out our contact form and go through our brochure.