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Category Press Release
Publish Date 1/21/2016
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Undeclared Food Allergens Cause Los Angeles Company to Issue a Product Recall
Introduction LA Testing provides food testing services to help companies comply with labeling regulations and to ensure that people are not accidentally exposed to allergens.

South Pasadena, CA, January 21st, 2016  

In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a Los Angeles food manufacturer. The smelt roe products in question may contain undeclared wheat or soy which could put people with allergies to these ingredients at risk.

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.”

Common allergy symptoms to wheat or soy may include the following:

  • Hives or rash
  • Nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Sneezing, wheezing or asthma
  • Nasal irritation


“In extreme cases, anaphylaxis can occur when people with food allergies unknowingly consume foods that contain them,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Some of the most common food allergens include milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish.  Food labeling requirements call for these common allergens to be printed on food packaging when products contain these ingredients.”

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. Allergen testing services help manufacturers comply with labeling regulations, keeps consumers informed and can help prevent costly product recalls.

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 indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other substances.  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, CDC ELITE, 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, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.