A new ‘Big Eight’ food allergen in the U.S.?

In the U.S., eight major food allergen categories are currently acknowledged by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act: milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering adding another common foodborne allergen, turning the “Big Eight” into the “Big Nine.”

On October 30, the […]

Did you know? — Cow’s milk allergies

This infographic comes from Neogen’s Allergen Insider newsletter, a resource for the latest developments and news in allergen testing and related technology. See here to read the rest of the latest issue of Allergen Insider.

There are many kinds of milk allergies, and lactose intolerance also affects a great many people around the world. Milk […]

‘Emerging food allergen’ lupine increasingly regulated

Did you know that some food allergies are more common in certain parts of the world than others?

Lupine is one of those allergens that is a big concern in some countries, while consumers in other countries may not have even heard of it. It’s only recently gaining popularity as a high-protein, low-fat ingredient in […]

What’s the difference? Shellfish, crustaceans and mollusks

Crustaceans and shellfish and mollusks — oh my!

Shellfish allergies are among the most common in the world, with countries around the globe implementing regulatory guidelines for their labeling. Interestingly, it’s an allergen that often manifests itself in the food-allergic person’s adulthood, with 60% of those allergic experiencing their first reaction after the age of […]

Food allergy facts for Food Allergy Awareness Week

Do you know anyone with a serious food allergy? Maybe you have one, yourself? An estimated 150 million people worldwide, mostly children, deal with at least one food allergy.

May 13 through 19 marks 2018’s Food Allergy Awareness Week, a time for education and discussion about food allergies and how they affect people’s lives.

What’s […]

Infancy vs. adulthood: When food allergies strike

In a recent interview with food allergy expert Dr. Steve Taylor, Food Safety Magazine noted that U.S. food recalls increased by about 22% in 2016 compared to 2015. A large number of recalls were due to undeclared allergens.

Allergies themselves are on the rise as well, at least in the developed world. And while most […]

4 years after immunotherapy, kids still peanut-tolerant

Scientists have been working tirelessly on a cure for allergies for many years. New findings show just how close they may be getting.

Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, gave 48 children a peanut protein-containing probiotic (or a placebo) every day for 18 months. A month after halting the dose, around 80% of tested kids could tolerate […]

Dr. Steve Taylor on the #1 reason for food recalls

New research on food allergies is always changing the game for the food industry.

Dr. Steve Taylor recently discussed current hot issues on Food Safety Magazine’s podcast, “Food Safety Matters.” The episode was sponsored in part by Neogen.

Taylor, a professor of food science at the University of Nebraska, is the founder and co-director of […]

As food allergies rise, researchers dig deeper

A group of medical researchers are taking a new approach to examining food allergy patterns in the United States.

Instead of using traditional methods to learn about people with food allergies, the team has undertaken the monumental task of analyzing the medical records of a whopping 2.7 million patients.

“Recent reports suggest that food allergies […]

New app seeks to help food allergic dine out safely

Those with food allergies know just how dangerous dining out can be.

At home, food allergic consumers can carefully choose everything that goes into and touches their food — down to the last spice used, and choice of cooking oil and utensils. At a restaurant, the food allergic have to trust that their food was […]