Food allergens are proteins in food which can trigger allergic, sometimes even life-threatening reactions in sensitized individuals. Very low food allergen concentrations at trace levels are sufficient to cause allergic symptoms. 90% of all food allergies are caused by the following 8 foodstuffs: milk, eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat and soy.
The EU directive 2003/89/EC obliges the food manufacturers to label their products with all ingredients potentially capable to cause allergic reactions. The Annex of the directive includes 14 groups of food ingredients classified as being possible allergens or intolerants.
EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers brings together EU rules on general food labelling (including allergens) and nutrition labelling into one piece of legislation.
Many other countries worldwide follow a similar legislation requiring food manufacturers to label allergenic ingredients on food product packaging.
SENSISpec Allergen Detection ELISA Kits
Eurofins Technologies offers a full range of food allergen test kits which reliably detect the presence of potential allergens caused by cross-contaminations. The kits provide accurate and fast results and are available for all key allergens.
Key benefits of the ELISA kits
- Quick and sensitive method (low limits of detection)
- Quantitative results
- Simple test format
- Comprehensive ELISA test kit portfolio
- All kits available in 2 sizes (96 / 48 wells)
Allergen Lateral Flow Tests
For fast field tests, lateral flow devices are available for to obtain qualitative results within 15 minutes.
Key benefits of lateral flow tests
- Results in less than10 min
- Easy to use without laboratory equipment
- No trained staff needed