Undeclared allergens in a global ingredient supply chain

These days, simply eating a meal is like taking a journey around the world, whether you realize it or not. Thanks to increasingly interlocked global trade, there might be ingredients in your food from another hemisphere.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, between 10% and 15% of all food consumed in the U.S. […]

Study: 72% of those claiming a food allergy are wrong

Sometimes it is just better to be wrong.

A recent study investigated whether more than 2,000 people who claimed to have a food allergy actually had a food allergy. The result? Only approximately 28% of those claiming a food allergy were actually allergic to food.

In an article discussing the study, the study’s authors said […]

Survey shows food allergy labels cause consumer confusion

Do you get confused trying to decipher the ingredients in a food item when reading the label on the packaging? Well, with labels that state “may contain” and “manufactured on shared equipment,” a lot can be left to the imagination. New research is showing this is particularly confusing for individuals with food allergies who are […]

As EpiPen prices soar, food allergy sufferers search for alternatives

As parents of children with food allergies begin gearing up for the start of school, many have faced a harsh reality as the price for the potentially lifesaving EpiPen has skyrocketed over the past few years.

EpiPens are spring-loaded syringes filled with epinephrine and are widely carried by people with life-threatening allergies. Over 3.6 million […]

Researchers explore protein linked to gluten sensitivity

While only about 1% of Americans have tested positive for celiac disease, another 6% are estimated to be sensitive to gluten — the stretchy protein that makes wheat bread fluffy and pie crusts crisp. Why those without the disease still have adverse reactions when ingesting gluten has been a question researchers have been trying to […]

Food allergies? There’s an app for that!

Unlabeled allergens continue to be the leading cause of food recalls in the U.S., resulting in lower consumer confidence and an economic burden for the industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who currently regulates about 80% of the food manufactured for sale in the U.S.

However, a new smartphone app, known as FoodMaestro, […]

Infographic: Food Allergy Awareness Month

May marks Food Allergy Awareness Month and Neogen has developed the below infographic to help you understand the basics of food allergies, which currently affects 1 in every 13 children. Neogen offers screening and quantitative food allergen test kits to detect all major food allergens. For more information,

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Report highlights concerns over lupine; other food additives

A new report is raising concerns surrounding GRAS (generally recognized as safe) food additives, the controversies associated with how they are determined, and the barriers to regulating them.

In particular, a peanut-related legume called lupine, sometimes added in gluten-free products, is the main area of focus as it is often added without an allergen warning […]

Best Practices for Food Allergen Validation and Verification handbook now available

One of the greatest challenges facing food producers today is ensuring that products produced on equipment used in the production of allergen-containing proteins, does not contribute to the cross contamination of those allergens in subsequent production runs. While there are a number of very good diagnostic tests to determine the presence of allergens on production […]

Examining gluten-related disorders

Many are unaware there are actually three different gluten-related disorders, as they are commonly used interchangeably. These disorders include celiac disease, wheat allergy, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

To understand the differences among these disorders, it’s important to first understand that gluten is a general name for a protein composite found in wheat, barley, and rye. […]