Hygiena expands into gluten intolerant food safety testing

By Jenny Eagle

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Biomedal Food Safety offers allergen tests including GlutenTox. Pic: Biomedal
Biomedal Food Safety offers allergen tests including GlutenTox. Pic: Biomedal
Hygiena has acquired Biomedal’s Food Safety division, which specializes in gluten intolerance.

Biomedal Food Safety, acquired from Biomedal, in Seville, Spain, offers allergen tests including the GlutenTox product line, which contains the G12 antibody that detects the most immunogenic component responsible for gluten intolerance. 

GlutenTox Pro holds the certification of the AOAC Research Institute for Performance Tested methods (certificate no. 061502). 

The new division will be based in Seville and renamed Hygiena Diagnóstica España. 

It will provide more than 20 specific allergen tests available as a sensitive enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) format or dipstick to verify cleaning efforts and test finished products. 

Steven Nason, CEO, Hygiena, said the company wanted to expand its food safety testing portfolio. 

Our allergen business has been growing rapidly and customers around the world have been asking us for a wider array of allergen tests​,” he said. 

We will continue investing in new product research and development and further expand our allergen product portfolio.​” 

Hygiena belongs to Warburg Pincus private equity firm and specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing.

Biomedal Food Safety employees will become employees of Hygiena, and the division’s products will be available through its existing distribution network.  

The Biomedal Food Safety division sales growth averaged 25% over the last five years. 

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