In late April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a bakery in Fullerton, California. The company is recalling cookies that were distributed to convenience stores across Southern California because they may contain undeclared peanuts.
Because so many people have 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.
In an effort to help consumers avoid the health risks posed by food allergens, Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA). The law applies to all foods whose labeling is regulated by FDA, both domestic and imported. It requires that labels must clearly identify the food source names of all ingredients that are, or contain any protein derived from, the eight most common food allergens, which FALCPA defines as Major Food Allergens.
“In addition to labeling products that contain peanuts and proteins derived from them, FALCPA also requires labeling for products containing milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat and soybeans,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc. “To help food manufacturers avoid costly product recalls and to protect the public from consuming these common allergens, LA Testing and their network of laboratories provide comprehensive food allergen testing services. Testing services can be used to confirm raw ingredients, final products and to conform to labeling requirements.”
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.
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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 South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.