Food Safety Magazine

Allergens

A Look at Top Trends in Food Chemistry
A Look at Top Trends in Food Chemistry

There is a wide variety of potentially detrimental compounds and quality issues that must be supported by comprehensive analysis programs for food safety.

Verification Strategies for the Food Allergen Labeling Law
Verification Strategies for the Food Allergen Labeling Law

The new law requires food manufacturers to have processes in place that reduce or eliminate accidental cross-contact between non-allergenic foods and known food allergens.

The Challenge of Regulating Allergens in Food
The Challenge of Regulating Allergens in Food

FDA’s evaluation of an ingredient’s status as an allergen includes an assessment of harm to individuals who may ingest the ingredient.

"Allergy Consciousness" for the Retail Food Indusrty
"Allergy Consciousness" for the Retail Food Indusrty

Unlike foodborne infections that strike without warning, folks who have food allergies (or food intolerance) generally know of them and avoid the offending ingredients.

Adverse Reactions to Allergens: The Importance of Labeling and Cross-contamination Control
Adverse Reactions to Allergens: The Importance of Labeling and Cross-contamination Control

Understanding and implementing food allergen labeling is essential and following an in-house plant allergen control plan will help to mitigate cross-contamination.

Best Practices with Allergen Swabbing
Best Practices with  Allergen Swabbing

Once you know the identity of the allergens that will be tested for as part of the validation, then you must select an appropriate test method.
 

Selecting a Suitable Food Allergen Detection Method
Selecting a Suitable Food Allergen Detection Method

There are several different immunological screening methods available for allergen testing and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Microbial Detection – Taking It to the Limits
Microbial Detection – Taking It to the Limits

Whichever method is used for sampling and detecting microorganisms, it represents only a fraction of the actual level present in a food product.

The Modern Food Safety Manager’s Must-Have Gadget
The Modern Food Safety Manager’s Must-Have Gadget

Hygiena’s EnSURE monitoring system measures a wide range of sanitation, microbiology and quality indicator tests, all on one piece of equipment.

Allergen Validation: Analytical Methods and Scientific Support for a Visually Clean Standard
Allergen Validation: Analytical Methods and Scientific Support for a Visually Clean Standard

One challenge for the food industry is changeovers from a product containing allergens to a similar product that does not contain allergens.

Training Is a Key Component in Serving Patrons with Food Allergies
Training Is a Key Component in Serving Patrons with Food Allergies

Training of waitstaff on food allergens is essential, but the entire establishment should maintain an allergen-free kitchen and incorporate a company-wide food safety culture.

Microbial Detection in 8 Hours or Less using Bioluminescence!
Microbial Detection in 8 Hours or Less using Bioluminescence!

Established ATP technology has proven to be invaluable for rapid, accurate and inexpensive hygiene monitoring.

Achieving Gluten-Free Status
Achieving Gluten-Free Status

The analytical verification of gluten-free claims on all ingredients derived from gluten-containing grains is required to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

Avoiding Allergens: It’s the Right Thing to Do
Avoiding Allergens:  It’s the Right Thing to Do

Food allergies are a real and growing public health issue.

 

Smartphone App for Food Allergen Testing
Smartphone App for Food Allergen Testing

RomerLabs has launched its new AgraApp for Apple iOS7, which enables customers to analyze and document food allergen results obtained with Romer's lateral flow devices, namely the AgraStrip® line.

New NIR Milk Powder Analyzer Tests for Known and Unknown Compounds
New NIR Milk Powder Analyzer Tests for Known and Unknown Compounds

PerkinElmer, Inc. on Oct. 31 introduced the DairyGuard™ milk powder analyzer, a near infrared (NIR) spectrometer specifically developed for food suppliers and manufacturers to test for unknown adulterants as well as known compounds, such as protein, moisture and fat content.

Temperature Control Devices for Respirometry Applications
Temperature Control Devices for Respirometry Applications

PolyScience introduces two products for controlling temperature during respirometry applications: a heated circulator and a recirculating chiller.