Huntington Beach, CA, August 25th, 2017
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a company based in California. The recall was launched after it was discovered that the product’s labels failed to declare the presence of wheat, a known food allergen.
As a result, the flavored protein powder containers in question may contain undeclared wheat protein which could put people with food allergies 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 wheat, milk, crustacean shellfish, fish, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and soybeans.
“There is no cure for food allergies at this time,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This means people with the condition have to avoid all foods that contain the allergen they are sensitive to every day of their lives. Unknowingly consuming a product that contains the allergen could result in a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. The FDA reports that each year anaphylaxis caused by food allergens results in approximately 30,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 hospitalizations and 150 deaths in the United States alone.”
Working to protect people from unwittingly consuming food allergens and helping to prevent costly products recalls for food manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers, are the food testing experts at LA Testing. In addition to food allergen testing, they provide complete labeling services and a wide array of other food-related analytical services.
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 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 South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.