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Food Product Recalls Due to Allergens under the Spotlight

EMSL Analytical offers allergen and nutritional labeling services to help food companies comply with food labeling regulations.


Cinnaminson, NJ, January 15, 2013

Last month, ABC News published a report about food allergens and the large number of product recalls due to food allergens over the past several years.  According to their report, “An ABC News analysis found more than 400 recalls for undeclared allergens in food reported to the FDA since March 2009. More than 140 of them were for desserts and snack foods, like cookies, candy and ice cream.”

An allergy is an exaggerated immune response to a substance.  People can be allergic to almost any substance and for many this includes various foods.  Food allergens can have a devastating impact and even be life-threatening to people who unknowingly consume products with ingredients they should avoid. 

While more than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies, the law identifies the eight most common allergenic foods as “major food allergens”. They include:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Milk
  • Soybeans
  • Fish
  • Crustacean Shellfish

“Food allergen testing is typically performed when there is a need to confirm or deny the presence of a specific regulated food allergen,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc., a leading food allergen and nutritional labeling testing laboratory.  “EMSL offers testing for a large number of the most common food allergens. Many other less common food allergen testing services are also available upon request.  To help educate people about allergens, EMSL offers a free poster about allergens that can be requested from our website.”

To learn more about allergen testing or nutritional labeling services, please visit: or, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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