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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 […]

Consumer trends: 61% of Americans pay attention to food labels

Food labels are more than just marketing words on a package — they reveal important health information for consumers and allow them to make more informed buying decisions as they stroll down the grocery aisles.

Michigan State University recently released the results of its Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, a survey of over 2,000 Americans […]

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 […]

Consumers: Come ‘clean’ with food labels

From soups to cereals and everything in-between, some well-known companies have committed to removing artificial ingredients from their products in an effort to fulfill a growing consumer desire for “clean labels.”

According to market research, global sales of clean label food and beverage products are forecasted to reach $180 billion by 2020 — up from […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

What cows mean when they say ‘moo’ – BBC The ability to communicate between a mother and her offspring isn’t just between humans. Scientists in England have found that cows share […]

UK introduces new regulations on food allergen labeling

Earlier this week new European legislation went into effect that requires food producers to make changes to their pre-packaged food labels so they emphasize 14 different allergens if they are used as ingredients. These changes will provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way, making it easier for consumers to make safer food […]

Safety is key when dining with a food allergy

For those with food allergies, dining out at a restaurant or at someone else’s home can bring on a slew of risks that can turn what is intended to be a relaxing experience into one filled with hidden dangers and risk. An article published by Mayo Clinic summarizes several tips that can help keep you […]

Canada introduces labels for mechanically tenderized beef

Shoppers in Canada can now easily determine if the beef they are considering for purchase has been mechanically tenderized.

In response to a 2012 outbreak of E. coli associated with mechanically tenderized beef (MTB), the Canadian government mandated the use of labels that clearly indicate MTB, and also include instructions to safely prepare the product.

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The fight over natural products

Marketing ploys almost always work for me. Is Disneyland the happiest place on earth? Of course it is. Is Paris, France really the city of love? I fell in love with crème brulee while I was there, so obviously that’s true as well. Is a food with “natural” written on the label really au natural? […]

New studies point to why and how of food allergies

Food allergies are on the rise—and quickly. In recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy rates in children younger than 18 grew about 18% between 1997 and 2007. Many of these food allergies can be narrowed down to a few types of food (peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, wheat, […]