Tag Archives | allergen control

Multiwell cell culture plate

What’s the difference between LFD , ELISA and PCR testing?

Allergen control has become increasingly important for food manufacturers, due in large part to consumer demand for safe foods and federal regulations. There are many techniques in a responsible hazard plan for allergen-free products: reputable sourcing, established cleaning procedures, final transportation of the product, etc. A mis-step with an undeclared allergen can be devastating to […]

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What would you do during a recall event?

Food recalls can have a serious, long-term impact on consumer confidence in your brand, beyond the specific recalled product. In 2017, 218 food products posed health risks to unknowing consumers because allergenic ingredients were not properly displayed on product labels. According to Food Safety Magazine, this category dominates the recall arena. The most common reasons […]

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AlerTox Sticks, for the detection of common allergens

AlerTox: a full line of allergen detection test kits

Whether your facility is dedicated to producing allergen free products, or includes lines shared with allergen containing recipes, identifying hazard points is your first step in managing the risk of cross contamination. Where is contamination most likely to occur? Which of your ingredients are highest-risk, and which steps in your manufacturing process are most likely […]

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AlerTox Soy Detects Soy Allergen

AlerTox Soy: detection of soy allergen in food processing

Soy is one of the “Big 8” allergens in the US, while also being widely used in the food industry, in particular as texturizer, emulsifier and protein filler. Many non-food products, including personal care products, pet food, adhesives and lubricants can also contain Soy. For instance, Soy lecithin can be present in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Soy […]

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New! USDA releases guidelines for controlling allergens

In an effort to keep the public safe, the USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) has released a new guide for controlling allergen contamination in food processing. “Our mission as a public health agency is to protect America’s most vulnerable populations, including children, from harm, and these new guidelines do just that,” said USDA […]

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How much allergen is too much? A primer on Action Levels

Do you know what food labels are really saying about allergens? Does anyone? How do food manufacturers differentiate between a product having “traces” of an allergen versus a product containing that allergen as an ingredient? In a perfect world, the answer would lie in action levels. Action level is the fancy term for the threshold […]

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Since the beginning of discussions on the new Food Safety Modification Act (FSMA) in July 2012, there has been increased talk about HACCP and HARPC within the food safety and production world. Some people tend to use these acronyms interchangeably, however there are distinct differences between the two that are worth knowing in order to […]

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New FSMA rules impact allergen control

As of September 15, 2015 the FDA has finalized two rules under the Food Safety Modification Act of 2010 (FSMA) in order to tighten food safety standards and increase hazard and allergen control throughout every step of food production. While this is extremely good news for consumers with allergies, it also means more testing and […]

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