Below normal levels of vitamin D, due to low sun exposure, have been associated with increased incidence of food allergy and eczema in children, say researchers.
Food allergy model for fenugreek developed
A new research model that can be used to investigate allergy to fenugreek has been developed by a team of Norwegian researchers.
Allergen labelling in UK under the spotlight
Allergen labelling comes under the spotlight in the UK, with a new Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey aiming to get insight into the relevance of current approaches.
“Soaring sales” for EHL’s allergen-free curry powder
UK-based food and ingredients company EHL claims to have seen a “sharp increase” in sales of its allergen-free curry powder, which were up 35 per cent over the last year.
Refined vegetable oils including soya and peanut oils are highly unlikely to trigger allergic reactions, according to new research.
Study calls for mandatory allergy boxes on labels
Allergen advice boxes on labels should be mandatory, a new study suggests, as most consumers look at this rather than the ingredients list.
Unambiguous guidelines for food allergy information urgently needed: TNO
There is an urgent need for international guidelines that allow food manufacturers to provide food allergy sufferers with better information, according to research organisation TNO.
The balancing act of allergen labelling
The food industry has a responsibility to label allergenic ingredients as big and bold as they can – but also not to over-egg the slimmest of slim possibilities that a trace amount of an allergen may have slipped into a product.
UK health body releases food allergy detection guidance
The UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published new guidelines on diagnosis of food allergies in children, which emphasise the importance of professional detection and dangers of using home testing kits and complementary management...
Study pinpoints novel allergen in celery
A highly stable novel allergen that may lead to severe reactions has been identified in celery stalks.
Germany develops rapid detection systems for food allergens
German researchers are aiming to develop rapid detection systems to identify allergenic substances in foodstuffs, according to a workshop on analytical methods for allergen detection staged in Berlin this week.
Significant progress on defining action levels/thresholds for the unintentional presence of allergens such as peanuts, milk and eggs is expected in 2012.
Allergen cross-contamination raises labeling concerns
Cross-contamination of allergens in food products may reach levels that are of public health relevance, says a new study from The Netherlands.
Neogen buys food safety company
Neogen Corporation has said yesterday’s takeover of food safety business BioKits will boost its penetration in a number of European markets.
Better, cheaper, quicker food allergen tests on the way
Food processors could soon be able to detect minute traces of food allergens in their products on site and within minutes, thanks to a new test system under development in Germany.