An allergic reaction to food happens when our immune system treats certain proteins as if they were pathogens. Depending on the exposure to the substance and the severity of the allergy, consequences can vary from a simple skin rash or itch in the mouth to anaphylactic shock and death. Food labelling regulations require companies to highlight the presence of allergens on the packaging, whether as one of the main ingredients or as a possible presence. Food labelling requirements, however, do not apply to all foods that can cause allergies (there are more than 160 of them), but only to the main ones, either the most frequent among the population like milk and eggs, or those with the most dangerous consequences, like fish and shellfish. Using a reliable test kits to accurately detect potential allergen contaminations has become a critical necessity for food producers.
We offer the most complete portfolio of allergen test kits for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of food allergens. Our sensitive tests can detect allergens in the low ppm or even ppb range. Early detection of allergen contaminations can prevent unnecessary and costly allergen-related recalls.
Use of Antibody-based or Immunoassays - ELISA and Lateral Flow Kits for Allergen Testing in Food Production
ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays) based test kits are accurate and reliable in a quantitative format is one of the most frequently used allergen tests. Results are measured with a specific ELISA reader. These ELISA test kits are the ideal solution for a parallel measurement of multiple samples with assay times of as low as 60 minutes for up to 96 samples. It is composed of standards, an antibody coated plate, a conjugate, a substrate and a stop solution.
- easy to perform and will not require complex lab equipment.
- available for almost all types of allergens
- high sensitivity and can give both qualitative and quantitative results.
- ready-to-use format to reduce handling errors
(LFD) allergen test kits are ready-to-use lateral flow devices (LFD) for on-site testing. These immunological tests allow a rapid analysis of a wide range of food samples within only 11 minutes (including extraction). LFD is a qualitative strip test method in which specific antibodies labeled with colloidal gold are used for visual color development at a test and control zone. To read it quantitatively Scanner system are used. The test kits come complete with strips, antibody coated incubation vials, extraction tubes, an extraction buffer, surface swabs and additional accessories.
- fast and simple