News | 04/03/2021
New robust detection method for allergens in food
Compliance with and enforcement of this legislation is complicated by several problems with the detection of allergens (impact food processing, variability and inaccuracy of existing methods, lack of analytical standards, …) and the lack of scientifically substantiated threshold levels.
Detection and quantification of allergens in foods and minimum eliciting doses in food allergic individuals
In order to control this labeling and to detect cross-contamination with food allergens during the production of food products, ILVO is strongly committed to reliable detection and accurate quantification of these allergens.
What does the law say about allergens and labeling?
Food allergies, due to both the increasing number of individuals with food allergies and the severity and frequency of symptoms, are a growing health problem within our society.
Main research questionHow can we develop an analytical strategy to more correctly double-check the food labeling of allergens (peanuts, hazelnuts, eggs and milk) that may be present in prepared foods? This is the central research question in the ALLERSENS project.
Development and validation of a quantitative LC-MS/MS method as a reference for the detection of multiple allergens (hazelnuts, peanuts, milk, and eggs) in processed food products
Because this is a platform technology, it can easily be extended to the detection of other unwanted contaminants (fungi, toxins, allergens, pesticides, heavy metals, etc.). The case studies may lead to new pathways to explore.
More about GMO analysesIsabel Taverniers+32 9 272 28 41AllergensFood allergens of plant origin (e.g. soy, nuts, mustard, etc.) and animal origin (e.g. milk, eggs, fish & shellfish, etc) can be detected in all kinds of samples.
Possible compounds can include medicinal residues, mycotoxins, plant components, polyphenols, allergens, peptides/proteins, volatile components, fatty acids, ink from packaging, etc. in any number of matrices.
Contact: Isabel Taverniers
ILVO can detect food allergens of vegetable origin (soy, nuts, mustard, etc.) and animal origin (milk, eggs, fish and shellfish) in a variety of samples, a PCR based method (polymerase chain reaction) and/or an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) based method are used.
automatizaton and robotizationComposting site and compost reactorILVO also has more than 40 accredited labs for specialized analyses
Food analysesAnimal-related analysesMarine analysesDiagnosis of plant-pathogenic bacteria, fungi, mites, insects, viruses and nematodesAnalyses for plant, soil and substrateSpray technologyNational Reference Laboratory (NRL)GMOAllergensToxins
Despite the strict rules of hygiene applied to the work done during the preparation of the provocation nutritional matrices, a possible cross- contamination with one of the 14 ingredients to be mentioned in the EU as allergens on the label cannot be excluded with absolute certainty.