Dietary restrictions solved on campus

The days of students figuring out allergen-free meals on certain college campuses might soon be over. Some universities in the U.S. are now offering allergen-free dining halls and other special facilities to their students with food restrictions.

Finding food alternatives on campus has always been a headache for those college students with dietary restrictions, especially […]

Evaluating the general public’s food allergen knowledge gap

People who work in food production and processing, as well as food-allergic individuals, can tell you a lot about food allergens — what they are, how they work, and even how they are regulated and labeled. A new study shows, however, that the general public may still have a knowledge gap about food allergens, […]

Food safety: Why test for coconut?

In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), mandating food product labels prominently display the presence of any ingredient from one of the eight major food allergens: peanuts, eggs, milk and milk by-products, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish. These allergens account for […]

This Valentine’s Day, we love food safety — you can too

Valentine’s Day seems to be a bigger deal every year, as the lovestruck event planners of the world devise more and more ways to celebrate affection — both romantic and platonic. We’ve got Galentine’s Day lunches, Valenguys Day dinners, Palentine’s Day parties and more. At the center of them all: delicious food.

With food comes […]

Should mustard-allergic people be wary of canola oil?

It’s hard enough to be allergic to one food, but when cross-reactivity strikes, food-allergic individuals may find themselves unable to eat seemingly unrelated food products.

Take the case of mustard. Of all the spices, mustard tends to provoke the most severe allergic reactions. According to Healthline, mustard allergies are most common in the United Kingdom, […]

Study: Almost 8% of U.S. children have food allergies

It’s long been understood that, in the developed world, the number of children with food allergies has been increasing. Now a recent study confirms that in the U.S., approximately 8% of kids have food allergies — a total of more than 5.6 million children.

“Childhood food allergy is a serious issue in the U.S.,” said […]

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 […]