The data indicate that processors are making preventive efforts to maintain or improve the performance of their allergen programs.
Allergens are an unavoidable part of food processing and effective control is key.
With so many ingredient, flavor and preservative combinations possible, food matrices can be very complex. Bia Diagnostics can develop a customized plan to meet your specific testing needs, including evaluation and validation of the method with each specific matrix that the assay would encounter in your facility.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has issued a report with recommendations for improving the situation for individuals with food allergies.
Having a food allergen management plan is critically important for all food companies to avoid a recall for allergen mislabeling.
There is a wide variety of potentially detrimental compounds and quality issues that must be supported by comprehensive analysis programs for food safety.
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.
FDA’s evaluation of an ingredient’s status as an allergen includes an assessment of harm to individuals who may ingest the ingredient.
Unlike foodborne infections that strike without warning, folks who have food allergies (or food intolerance) generally know of them and avoid the offending ingredients.
Understanding and implementing food allergen labeling is essential and following an in-house plant allergen control plan will help to mitigate cross-contamination.
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.
There are several different immunological screening methods available for allergen testing and each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Whichever method is used for sampling and detecting microorganisms, it represents only a fraction of the actual level present in a food product.
Hygiena’s EnSURE monitoring system measures a wide range of sanitation, microbiology and quality indicator tests, all on one piece of equipment.
One challenge for the food industry is changeovers from a product containing allergens to a similar product that does not contain allergens.
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.
Established ATP technology has proven to be invaluable for rapid, accurate and inexpensive hygiene monitoring.
The analytical verification of gluten-free claims on all ingredients derived from gluten-containing grains is required to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
Food allergies are a real and growing public health issue.
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.