Food Allergy

Every year in the US 100-150 people die from food allergy incidences - something that is 'preventable', says a scientific expert on allergens

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Food allergies remain 'major' public health issue

By Kacey Culliney

Peanuts, wheat and egg are among several allergens that continue to be a global public health issue, and so industry must act with caution when developing allergen-free products, warns a scientific expert.

allergens, free-from, Dutch Spices

Dutch Spices claims first with allergen-free range

By Lynda Searby

Dutch Spices claims to have become the first company in Europe to offer a range of dry spice blends, marinades and sauces that are free from the 24 allergens on the Dutch food allergen database (Levensmiddelendatabank).

Nut allergies impact shopper behavior

The power of the 0.9%

By Maggie Hennessy

Although fewer than one in 100 (0.9%) of US consumers is afflicted with a peanut or treenut allergy, the purchasing power of that group extends far beyond those with allergies, according to the recent Nut Allergy Ecosystem survey by Rich Products Corp. 

The peanut industry has spent $9m on peanut allergy research and education efforts

Peanuts prevail amid allergen anxieties

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Anxiety surrounding peanut allergies has created the impression of an epidemic in the US but industry has remained resilient with sales showing 'excellent growth', the president of the American Peanut Council says.

Mislabeled milk allergen sparks US cream puff recall

Mislabeled milk allergen sparks US cream puff recall

US firm Crème Curls Bakery has recalled some of its vanilla cream puff products because the source of sodium caseinate, a milk derivative, is not labelled on the product, putting people with milk allergies at risk.

Allergen-free: time for clarity

Weekly comment

Allergen-free: time for clarity

Claiming 'free from' is not a light statement to make. Lives depend
on it. As scientific progress questions the validity of such
claims, it is time to establish exact guidelines and communicate
these to people for whom ingredients...

Allergens: no room for mistakes

Weekly Comment

Allergens: no room for mistakes

It would be a mistake for governments and industry to misinterpret
the recent progress in food allergen labeling as a final solution:
there is much that yet remains to be done, for the well-being of
both consumers and manufacturers.

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