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Food Allergen Testing

Category Press Release
Publish Date 3/22/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Undeclared Food Allergen Results in San Diego Area Company Issuing Nationwide Recall
Introduction LA Testing provides food testing services to help companies comply with labeling regulations and to prevent people from accidentally consuming food allergens.

San Diego, CA, March 22, 2017

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a company based in Southern California.  The recall was launched after it was discovered that a milk-containing product was used during the packaging.

As a result, the candies may contain undeclared milk protein which could put people with allergies to this common food allergen at risk. 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. These account for 90% of allergic reactions to foods and include milk, crustacean shellfish, fish, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.

“Since there is no cure for food allergies, people with the condition should avoid all foods that contain the allergen they are sensitive to,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Otherwise, people with food allergies can experience a life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume products containing allergens.”

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that each year it is estimated that anaphylaxis caused by food allergens results in 30,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 hospitalizations and 150 deaths in the United States.

To help protect people from unwittingly consuming food allergens and to prevent costly products recalls for businesses, LA Testing’s network of laboratories provide food allergen, labeling and a wide array of other food-related testing services. These services are available to the public, manufacturers, food processors, importers, distributors and retailers.

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

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for 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, CDC ELITE, 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.