Food allergen testing is crucial for all food operators so that they can mention the entire ingredient list on the packaging. This way, people who are allergic to specific food items can avoid the products containing them.
While a consumer only has to check for food ingredients, the process is not this simple from the manufacturer’s side. Being a food operator, you must know everything about food allergens to ensure you are abiding by the official guidelines stated by the authorities.
What Are Food Allergens?
Food Allergens are the substances which we eat or inhale but when interacted with the immune system, may cause allergic reactions. Immunoglobulin E, a class of antibodies in our system responds to allergens, lead to allergic reactions in our body.
Usually dust, pollen and pet dander are considered as common allergens but human beings are susceptible to the allergic reactions from consuming food products.
What Foods Cause Allergies?
The food products like nuts, wheat, gluten, Milk, Eggs, Shellfish, Soy Fish are recognized as food allergens because they account for 90% of food allergies, and the protein component in such food items is considered to be responsible for causing allergies.
It is vital for all manufacturers to mention the presence of any of these ingredients in their food labelling, which can be found through food allergens analysis.
Problems Caused by Food Allergens
There is no specific trouble induced by food allergens. These items have different reactions to different bodies. Allergic reactions could cause immediate wheezing, vomiting, and hives, can include stomach upset, eczema, allergic rhinitis, bronchospasm (asthma-like symptoms) and even anaphylaxis (a condition of severe allergic reaction). In short, the problem here can be as simple as vomiting, or it can be a life-threatening complication.
Importance of Food Allergen Testing
The major issue with food allergens is that they can not be removed through a killing step after entering the production chain. It happens due to their extensively stable and heat resistant nature.
For this reason, they can not be treated like just another pathogenic bacteria or viruses. The only way to remain safe from them is by avoiding them altogether, which can be done by reading labels of the packaged foods and look for these ingredients.
It becomes the duty of the food business operator to clearly mention the complete list of ingredients on the package food container so that sensitive individuals can avoid these products.
As per international guidelines for ensuring safety of the people, the priority allergens, added sulphites and gluten sources are required to be declared on the labels of the prepackaged food products.
Every food business operator has to ensure the periodic testing of food articles through accredited laboratories as per the latest guidelines issued under FSS Act/ Rules & Regulations.
Our Food Allergen Testing Services
We provide allergen testing services for detection levels of the concentration levels of food allergens like eggs, nuts, milk, soy etc in food products.
We have a comprehensive range of equipments and our testing services includes national & international methods for the identification of food allergens like –
- Shell Fish
It means your food products will be thoroughly analyzed for any presence of food allergens so that you can warn your customers about it through labelling. Plus, all your food allergen testing requirements will get fulfilled under one roof.
Our laboratory has been identified as one of the top 5 top laboratories and is accredited by NABL, FSSAI, BIS, CDSCO, ISM&H, APEDA, EIC/EIA, AGMARK. Therefore, you can trust us with our food allergen testing services.
To get your food products tested or resolve any queries for the same, you can contact us through the given ‘Quick Query’ form or call us on +91-11-45754575. We will get your food samples tested for food allergens with complete transparency.