Food allergen testing: a brief walkthrough

Luke Manning from ALS discusses some of the testing methods available for allergen detection and offers guidance on what you, as a client, should be asking and preparing.

There are 14 allergens listed in UK legislation1 (cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, lupin, molluscs). These represent the major food allergen risks in the UK/EU population. In addition to these 14, more than 160 different foods have been associated with an allergic reaction. Food allergies affect approximately one to two percent of the UK population.2

Food testing is an integral part of the safety mechanisms supporting consumers and the food supply chain in the UK. This testing includes multiple fields from microbiology to radio chemistry.