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Food Allergen Testing Lab

Category Press Release
Publish Date 4/24/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Undeclared Food Allergens Cause Bakery in Los Angeles to Recall Several Products
Introduction LA Testing provides food testing services to help companies comply with labeling regulations and to prevent people from accidentally consuming food allergens.

Huntington Beach, CA, April 24, 2017

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a company based near Los Angeles, California. The recall was launched after it was discovered that two cake products could contain food allergens that were not labeled on the packaging. These product labels failed to disclose peanut, coconut, almond and cashew. The food packages in question were sold to retail stores earlier this year.

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. In the case of tree nuts, the specific type of nut must be declared.

“If a person with food allergies ingestions their allergen, they may experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This is why food allergen labeling requirements are taken so seriously. To help food manufacturers comply with FALCPA and other labeling requirements, LA Testing offers a wide range of food testing and labeling services. These services not only prevent costly product recalls, but they are also instrumental in protecting consumers and the nation’s food supply.”

To learn more about food allergen, labeling or other food testing services, please visit or, email 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.

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