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Nut Allergen Testing

Category Press Release
Publish Date 3/4/2015
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Undeclared Tree Nuts Causes San Francisco Company to Recall Chocolates
Introduction LA Testing provides food testing services to help ensure that people allergic to food allergens are not accidentally exposed to them.

South Pasadena, CA, March 4th, 2015

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a San Francisco chocolate manufacturer.  The chocolates in question may have contained undeclared tree nuts and were distributed nationwide via retail outlets and mail order.

According to the FDA, “Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening.  There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens — and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food — are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.”

One of California’s leading food allergen testing companies is LA Testing.  LA Testing, in conjunction with their network of laboratories, provides food allergen testing services to the public, regulators, food processors, importers, distributors and retailers.

“Allergic reactions to food allergens can occur when a person’s immune system attacks a food protein and the results can be deadly in extreme circumstances,” said Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., RM (NRM), CFSP, National Food Director at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.  “Allergic reactions to milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish account for up to 90% of all reactions to food allergens.  Fortunately, today there are food allergen labeling requirements to inform consumers with these allergies of their presence so they can avoid these foods, but production errors and mislabeling mistakes do still occur. At LA Testing, we offer food allergen testing services to help manufacturers comply with labeling regulations to keep consumers safe and informed.”

To learn more about food allergen, labeling or other food testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for food testing and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.