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Testing for Allergens in Food

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It is estimated that 3.5-4% of adults and 6-9% of children have a food intolerance or allergy of some form. These can range from mild symptoms such as rashes to anaphylactic shock, and death.  

Labelling requirements

Compulsory allergen labelling on food products was introduced in 2014 in the UK. The latest allergen regulation identifies fourteen main allergens which must be highlighted on the food product label. Eurofins allergen testing laboratory offers comprehensive analysis for all 14 main allergens, including:

  • cereals containing gluten
  • crustaceansfor example prawns, crabs, lobster and crayfish
  • eggs
  • fish 
  • peanuts 
  • soybeans
  • milk
  • nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, cashew and macadamia (Queensland) nuts 
  • celery (and celeriac) 
  • mustard 
  • sesame 
  • sulphur dioxide, which is a preservative found in some dried fruit 
  • lupin 
  • molluscs, for example clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid.

Testing for the presence of certain food allergens helps to assure a manufacturer that an undeclared allergen has not found its way into a product. For this reason, testing can also protect a company's reputation, minimizing the chance of costly product recalls and adverse publicity.

Testing of final product, swabs from equipment after sanitation and/or rinse water can be used to verify the efficacy of a cleaning procedure, and can identify sources of cross contamination.

Low Level Lactose DeterminationDairy

From our Derbyshire laboratory, we offer a UKAS Accredited quantitative method to determine the very lowest levels of lactose in dairy products and products labelled as lactose-free. Using ion chromatography analysis, this method is sensitive, accurate and robust, and can achieve <10ppm. For more information, please see our Low Level Lactose Flyer [PDF 694 Kb].

Comprehensive range of allergen testing

Our ELISA testing facility in Wolverhampton, supported by other highly specialised Eurofins laboratories, offers a comprehensive range of allergen testing such as PCR and LC-MS/MS to meet the increasing demands put on our customers. For full details of our testing download our Allergens in Food Flyer [PDF 722 Kb].

For small batches, order our most routine testing from Eurofins Testing in 5 quick and easy steps. 

For other requirements and more information, please contact our sales team on 0845 604 6740 or make an enquiry