Allergen Detection Services

Detection and Quantitation of allergens in food, feed and beverages

picture_allergen.jpgGEN-IAL analyses your food for the content of all allergenes that have to be declared either with ELISA or PCR or enzymatic reaction.

Allergic reactions in children to certain types of food have increased over the last few years. Between six and eight percent of children are estimated to suffer from them with two percent of adults being affected.

Food allergies are an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes to be harmful. Although an individual could be allergic to any food, such as fruits, vegetables and meats, there are a certain few foods which account for 90% of all allergic reactions (see list).

As a result of this, the EU legislation reacted by changing the food labelling decree (2003/89/EG).

The new allergy warning requirement for packaged food went into effect on November 25th 2005. Certain ingredients that are commonly known to induce food allergies in Europe have to be labelled on all packaged foods containing them. These allergy warnings are required even if the allergen part enters the food indirectl y through other ingredients and loses its effect.

Since September 2011, testing for allergenic components (e.g. hazelnut pollen) has also been mandatory for honey.

We analyze your food for allergens subject to mandatory labeling. The detection of allergenic components is carried out via PCR or ELISA. ELISA analyses are subcontracted to an accredited partner laboratory.