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Allergen Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/24/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Los Angeles Company Recalls Protein Bars Due to Undeclared Fish Allergens
Introduction LA Testing provides food testing services to help companies comply with labeling regulations and to identify allergens to protect those with food allergies.

Huntington Beach, CA, May 24, 2017

Earlier this month, an international nutrition company based out of Los Angeles announced the recall of protein bars that were distributed between June of 2016 and April 2017. All of the products under the recall were distributed in the United States.

The voluntary recall was issued due to the possible presence of trace amounts of an undeclared fish allergen. Fortunately, no people are known to have become ill at the time of the recall notice that was posted by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The fish allergen in the protein bars is known as parvalbumin. Parvalbumins are the major allergen of concern for most people who are allergic to fish proteins.

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. The eight include fish, crustacean shellfish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans.

“Those allergic to fish proteins that inadvertently consume them could experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This is why avoiding foods containing them is so important for people with this allergy and why there are product labeling requirements in place today. Other common fish allergy symptoms include hives or skin rash, headaches, asthma, nasal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.”

LA Testing helps food producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers protect consumers and avoid costly product recalls through comprehensive food allergen testing and labeling services.

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