Allergens

Improvements to the FlowThrough™ Swab tests

All the Swab kits in the FlowThrough™ range are currently being modified, to improve both the ease of use and the reliability of these tests. From March 2020, an individual test in each new batch of the Gluten R5, Food Allergen and Raw Meat FlowThrough™ Swab kits will now consist of three-components: the one-piece Swab Device, Colour Reagent and Test Unit. This improvement in format will mean that the test will not ‘overload’ at higher levels should they be encountered in difficult to clean sampling sites. The potential for false negative results is therefore reduced, improving the test reliability and the confidence in decision making when verifying the important task of cleaning.

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Horizon scanning

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in March 2020:

  • FSA Board meeting papers published for March 2020
  • Prepare for the split in plant-based demand
  • Norovirus: Fresh research suggests food plays bigger role in illness cases
  • Insects as a source of novel foods
  • Key insights into recall management feature in new webinar
  • Vegan food poses unexpected allergen risk to consumers
  • Are Endangered Species on Your Dinner Menu?
  • Burger recall underlines plant-based allergen risks
  • Allergen Bureau: A decade of food recall data shows allergens still top the list
  • ‘World’s first’ multi-allergen reference kit developed
  • New research shows societal burden of foodborne illness in the UK
  • COVID-19 and food: ‘This virus is sensitive to cooking temperatures’
  • Reducing Aflatoxin Contamination of Food with Fungi
  • Pea protein trend sparks allergy warning
  • Outcome of a public consultation on the draft risk assessment of aflatoxins
  • Coronavirus Stable on Surfaces for Hours to Days
  • UK Coronavirus Emergency Bill looks to ‘keep food supply flowing’
  • Scientists optimise prime editing for rice and wheat
  • ‘EU mobilises all means at our disposal’ to tackle COVID-19
  • Hard surface disinfection even more crucial for dairy industry in light of coronavirus
  • Coronavirus supply chain: lessons from China
  • World Food Programme supply chain chief on COVID-19 challenges
  • FSA publishes guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • The Coronavirus Outbreak: a collection of related content

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Posted in Allergens, Gluten, Mycotoxins, Speciation

Sampling for Food Allergens Successfully

Bio-Check’s Richard Fielder presented at SOFHT’s conference ‘Building an Allergen Safe Culture’ on the 27th February. He provided a test kit manufacturers perspective on the importance of sampling in food allergen analysis and considered some of the current practices and technical challenges to ensure that sampling and analysis is not flawed. Having effective sampling plans for food allergens is critical to checking that foods are safe, that harmful allergens are below acceptable levels and that labelling is correct. If the sample selected is not appropriate for these purposes, analytical results will not be reliable for these important decisions.

If you work for a food manufacturer, do you have time to complete a 4-minute survey on your current practices with food allergen sampling & analysis?

  • All contributors will remain anonymous, though the information collected will be pooled and shared in the analytical community, as well as with these individual contributors. The information is being collected in order to improve best practice in the Food Industry. Further survey contributions are welcomed in order to make a reasonably-sized data set.
  • Click here to participate in the survey

Posted in Allergens, Gluten

Horizon scanning

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in February 2020:

  • Peanut allergy drug approved by the US FDA
  • 2DLC in Food Safety and Traceability
  • A Survey of Meat Species in Sausage Products from Sichuan Province
  • Food Industry Intelligence Network aims to expand membership
  • Can coronavirus be transmitted via imported food?
  • Combating cow’s milk protein allergy
  • An interview with the FSA: recalls and risk prevention
  • Preparation of Gluten-Free Foods .. May Not Always Be as Risky
  • A major development in reference materials for allergen quantification
  • Allergic reaction hospital admissions double in Wales in eight years
  • Takeaway prosecuted for selling unsafe foods
  • FSA sets deadline for CBD Novel Food compliance
  • Food safety checks in UK down by half in 10 years
  • FDA Releases Third Installment of IA Rule Draft Guidance
  • Top ten food trends predicted for 2020
  • ‘Medical food’ launched in UK
  • Our mission is to get seitan into the mainstream
  • FSA research suggests new higher estimates for the role of food in UK illness
  • UK wants to be the best place for people living with food hypersensitivities
  • SOFHT: successful sampling for food allergens
  • Plant-based meat sees 35% growth month-on-month
  • Accelerated pace of innovation a ‘strain’ for plant-based sector

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Horizon scanning

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in January 2020:

  • Current research gaps and unmet clinical needs in food allergy.
  • Accredited labs have until November 2020 to transition to the new ISO/IEC 17025
  • Jackfruit, tempeh and seitan to lead plant-based boom – 1 of 4 trends for 2020
  • Did you know 1/4 of the world’s pigs died last year because of disease?
  • BRCGS announces plant-based global standard
  • EFSA opens comment period on Ochratoxin A health risks
  • EU germ threats ranked, with STEC now third
  • Natural grown vs tech made meat
  • Food ‘made from air’ could compete with soya
  • Anaphylaxis – A Distinct Immunological Syndrome, but How Much Do We Really Understand?
  • Study: Of 433 beef samples bought in Mexico, 10% tested positive for horsemeat
  • EFSA concern over THC levels in hemp products
  • Human error factor in allergy death
  • 8 consumer trends to watch in the new decade
  • Could 2020 be year of the baobab?
  • Testing times: meat speciation and the media focus
  • Food safety and the importance of horizon scanning
  • New project to boost plant-based knowledge
  • FSA Board: ‘Protecting the consumer interest comes first’
  • FSA Technical Guidance on food allergen labelling and information requirements
  • One in five food samples contain a hidden food allergen
  • Spain: new Horsemeat scam shows weak links in food chain
  • FSA urged to keep CBD products on-shelf: ‘Enforcement could hit millions of consumers’
  • ‘Don’t assume gluten-free products are healthy by default’
  • How Plant-Based Foods Are Changing the Supply Chain

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Posted in Allergens, Gluten, Mycotoxins, Speciation

Horizon scanning:

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in December 2019:

  • Much of the ‘Australian beef’ sold in China isn’t Australian … or beef
  • A closer look at the economic and medical importance of mycotoxins.
  • What does legal limbo mean for CBD?
  • FSANZ calls for comment on a proposal to make allergen information clearer
  • Farmers and feed advisers encouraged to better test feed for mycotoxins
  • Sampling for mycotoxins in grain
  • Mycotoxin risk assessment and management in Europe
  • From allergies to climate change to food fraud – issues facing the food sector in 2020
  • FDA is tough on CBD food
  • Label compliance issues extend beyond allergens
  • Q3 Hazard Beat: Nuts, Nut Products and Seeds
  • Undeclared Allergens Top Cause of FDA and USDA Food Recalls
  • The rise of the meat-mimicking market
  • Top ten ‘weakest links’ in allergen management revealed
  • Plant-based ingredients, new pea protein isolate
  • Pesto products recalled over peanut fears
  • Indian Government waives fee for food adulteration test
  • Comparative analysis of eliciting capacity of raw and roasted peanuts
  • US foods making gluten-free claims must comply w/ FDA’s gluten-free labeling rule

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Horizon scanning:

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in November 2019:

  • In Glasgow at the Association of Public Analysts Annual Conference
  • Tackling biofilm detection
  • All-purpose egg replacement
  • DNA testing reveals ‘widespread adulteration’ of herbal products
  • FSIS issues public health alert for pork sausages due to undeclared allergen
  • Greater guidance on food allergens called for
  • New ILSI Europe food allergy task force group on Allergenicity of novel proteins
  • Consumption Information in Risk-Analysis Driven Food Regulatory Decision
  • Pret A Manger and Planet Coconut face trial after allergy death
  • ‘Be wise to portion size’ guidance
  • Africa: $670m in lost export trade due to aflatoxin contamination
  • Severe allergic reactions rise in children in England over past five years
  • USDA Publishes Hemp Rules: Will It Impact Food?
  • High levels of poisonous substance reportedly found in Kenyan maize flour
  • CBD food and drink in the EU: The newest hot commodity or a regulatory headache?
  • Chickpeas: A rising star of the dairy alternatives market?
  • ANSES issues formula production guide in response to 2017 salmonella outbreak
  • Japanese find breastfeeding at birth can lower milk allergies
  • FDA warns companies for illegally selling CBD products
  • Horsemeat scandal abattoir boss hit with new fines
  • “Clean meat” sees rapid growth as start-ups bring first cultured meat product to market
  • Prevention of Non-peanut Food Allergies.

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Horizon scanning:

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in October 2019:

  • Lynne Regent opens the Anaphylaxis Campaign Corporate conference
  • FSA: study green food contact materials
  • New Eurachem Guidance on planning and reporting Method Validation Studies
  • Legislation limiting the fight against dangerous pathogens
  • Rice ‘fingerprinting’ to fight fraud: ’20-50% of all premium rice is adulterated’
  • UK allergy-related food recalls may rise further after Natasha’s Law
  • New food allergen Reference Doses (thresholds) from VITAL available
  • Allergic reaction to tzatziki sees Ebbw Vale firm fined
  • Eating out, mindfulness and plant-based trends will dominate industry
  • EC extends whey protein isolate use in supplements and infant formulae
  • SOFHT Conference – Building an Allergen Safe Culture – 27 Feb 2020!
  • FSA downplays rise in reported food crime
  • On World Food Day: Not just hunger, adulteration too remains a serious issue in India
  • UK campaign raises concern over number of missed food inspections
  • ‘Act now on food safety’, out-of-home chains told
  • Could rapeseed protein be the new soy?
  • Going gluten-free offers no gut benefits for healthy people, study suggests
  • Peanut-allergy therapy ‘protection not a cure’
  • The Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling for Australia & New Zealand

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Horizon scanning:

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in September 2019:

  • India: ‘Adulteration in food not less than crime’
  • Vegan meals are ‘UK’s fastest growing take-away choice’
  • Demand for meat & dairy alternatives is shifting in tandem with a rise for ‘clean-label’
  • Controlling contaminants: the new facet of clean label
  • New allergen reference doses in VITAL 3.0
  • Food safety experts face challenging times ahead
  • Chickpeas: The next big protein source for plant-based meat?
  • Flooding raises turmeric supply concerns in India
  • Byron burger death: Owen Carey’s family demand law change
  • Why the world is becoming more allergic to food
  • ‘Natasha’s Law’ confirmed
  • Will an Owen’s law follow Natasha’s?
  • What can restaurants do to help customers with allergies?
  • Eurachem 2019 Measurement Uncertainty Workshop
  • Peanut allergies affected by exercise and sleep deprivation
  • Are plant-based milks entering a vegan renaissance?
  • Allergen information for ‘prepacked for direct sale’ food
  • FSA Board announces plans to protect people with food allergies and intolerances
  • UK’s food supply at risk from climate change and imports: report
  • Review of bio-based food contact materials published – potential risk of allergens present?
  • Byron chicken allergy death family ‘may sue burger chain’
  • RASFF Notifications by Hazard 2018
  • FDA Updates Food Defense Plan Builder to support Intentional Adulteration FSMA Rule

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Horizon scanning:

Some of the information tweeted @BioCheckUK in August 2019:

  • Dutchman sentenced over horse meat scandal arrested in Spain
  • Sale of adulterated rice rampant in Idukki
  • Extraction Conditions Affect the Immunoreactivity of Peanut Allergens
  • The role of incurred materials in method development and validation
  • Arrest made in illegal sheep butchery investigation
  • All you need to know about CBD
  • Confusion as FSA ‘pauses’ work on business inspections model
  • “Catcher of the Rye” Detects Rye Gluten in Foods
  • What impact does diet have on biodiversity loss?
  • UN climate change report presents opportunities for sustainable meat
  • Meat producer has fine increased by £25,000 after court rejects appeal
  • Takeaway food up a quarter in a decade (UK)
  • Vegan food becomes UK’s fastest growing takeaway
  • Trust is key to expanding plant-based options

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