South Pasadena, CA, October 26th, 2016
In September, a company out of California announced that they were recalling 15,000 cases of canned vegetables due to trace amounts of potential shellfish contamination. The products included green beans and field peas, which were shipped to over 22 states in 106 ounce metal cans.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that food labels clearly identify the food source names of all ingredients that are, or contain any protein derived from, the eight most common food allergens. FALCPA defines these as “major food allergens” and they account for 90% of allergic reactions to foods. This group is comprised of crustacean shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.
People with food allergies who consume products containing allergens can experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that each year it is estimated that anaphylaxis caused by these allergens results in 30,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 hospitalizations and 150 deaths in the United States.
“There is no cure for food allergies, so strict avoidance of food allergens is essential for people with these types of allergies,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “At LA Testing, we help food manufacturers avoid costly product recalls and protect consumers who have food allergies from products that contain allergens through comprehensive food testing services in our network of laboratories. These services are essential for confirming raw ingredients and final products, as well as conforming to labeling requirements.”
To learn more about food allergen, labeling or other testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com
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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, 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 Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro and South Pasadena.