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 EFSA and the FDA require food products with allergenic ingredients to be labeled to help with allergen control.
The presence of undeclared allergens in food is a leading cause of product recalls and withdrawals of food from the market.
Food Allergen Testing Services
To help manufacturers verify allergen control programs and meet customer and regulatory requirements, our company provides qualitative and/or quantitative testing services for all food matrices, process samples, product samples, raw materials and finished products utilizing a range of technologies including PCR ELISA and PCR confirmation available for some allergens.
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
- 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 increase allergen control, most notably through hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), a system of detection, assessment, and management of hazards involving food safety.
This system requires the setup of accurate and systematic management of raw materials, flows, and other factors. It requires the involvement of company personnel as well as the implementation of auditing, process validation, and monitoring plans.