Cases of food allergies are increasing since the past years, actually in Europe is estimated that 6% of children and 2 to 4% of adults have a food allergy. Food allergens are proteins found in certain foods and can cause in concerned people allergic immune response. This immune response triggers symptoms such as rush, facial itching, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea,… etc. Most of allergic reactions are benign but in rare cases can be life threatening (anaphylactic shock). Unfortunately, there is no cure for food allergies which leads those at risk for avoidance of foodstuffs containing allergens.
To inform consumers of the risks of allergic reactions, the food manufacturers are required to state explicitly the labeling of allergens present or likely to be present in the product in accordance with the European Labelling Directive 2003/89/CE. Since December 2007, the European labelling directive 2007/68/CE has listed 14 allergens responsible for the majority of food allergies. These allergens must be listed in the package of food products, these are: cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye), shellfish, fish, eggs, peanuts, soy, milk, fruits nuts, celery, mustard, sesame, sulphites, lupine and molluscs.
To help ensure the absence of allergens in your products, Appolon Bioteck offers specific Real time PCR (RT-PCR) assays of the each allergen. These assays are based on DNA detection which has the advantage of being heatstable and thus be detected in processed products unlike a protein that is denatured under the effect of heat and by some industrial process.