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, […]

Science: Ticks are more likely to cause red meat allergies than we thought

We like to imagine that being bitten by a bug will give us cool, arachnid-based super powers — not food allergies.

But evidence has shown bites from certain species of ticks can lead to a temporary allergy to alpha-gal, a sugar found in red meats like beef, lamb and pork. Scientists have said that the […]

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 […]

How can a bug bite make you allergic to meat?

We usually think of food allergies as something we’re born with. Sometimes we develop them later in life, but for the most part, there’s not really anything we can do to cause them.

Except get bitten by ticks.

A certain kind of tick, at least. The lone star tick, found in the eastern half of […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Science: Kids with milk allergies are shorter, lighter than kids with different allergies

Childhood food allergies are a bigger problem than ever in the developed world. Approximately 6% to 8% of kids in the U.S. have a food allergy, and that number has been increasing, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

These food allergic kids face many challenges, from the inconvenient (“What do I […]

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 […]