Huntington Beach, CA, March 27th, 2019
Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a product recall initiated by a food distributor in Gardena, California. The recall was launched after tests conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) found that some of the company’s products possibly contained ingredients derived from eggs that were not labeled on the packaging.
A total of 21 different noodle and ramen products from the company are part of the recall. The company has announced that distribution and selling of these products was suspended until the FDA and the firm is certain that the problem has been corrected.
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 eggs, wheat, milk, crustacean shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts and soybeans.
“Fortunately, at the time of the recall notice no reports of illnesses had been received,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This is good news as anyone that suffers from egg allergies and accidently consumes a product containing them could experience a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. For this reason, the company is advising anyone that purchased any of the almost two dozen different products that are part of the recall to return them to their place of purchase for a refund.”
Available to assist food manufacturers, importers and distributors with FALCPA and other labeling requirements are the food scientists at LA Testing. They offer a wide range of testing and labeling services that can not only help to prevent costly product recalls, they are also instrumental for protecting consumers and the nation’s food supply. These services are also available to the public and regulatory agencies.
To learn more about food allergen, labeling or other 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.