Allergen Management

Allergen management is a major challenge within food production chains as well as in retail and catering. The EU Food Information Regulation contains laws that must be complied with within the context of allergen analysis. Based on these, allergen labeling must be carried out correctly to ultimately protect consumers from dangerous allergic reactions.

HyServe has many years of experience in allergen analysis and offers state-of-the-art scientific methods to provide accurate, high-quality analytical data.

Products from HyServe for allergen testing in food products

Around 5% of the population is affected by food allergies. In addition, many people suffer from food intolerances to lactose or gluten.

HyServe uses antibody-based tests, which have the advantage of direct detection of the allergen. In addition, the procedures are fast and easy to perform while providing excellent sensitivity.

These analyses verify the allergen specific status of a sample and are extremely helpful in verifying in-house HACCP concepts as well as final product release.

  • Fast and easy to perform
  • Can be performed without laboratory equipment
  • Excellent sensitivity
  • Suitable for highly processed foods
  • For final product release

Morinaga Allergen ELISA II

ELISA stands for Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay and describes an immunological protein detection method in which allergens are bound to antibodies on plates.

Using fluorescent dyes, these can then be made visible in appropriate devices. The detection limit ranges from 0.1 to 1 mg protein/g and can be carried out as a quantitative test.

The working group on food allergy of the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology, DGAI, has defined the value of 1 mg protein per kilogram of food as a threshold value, which is similar in many other countries around the globe.

The ELISA method can detect allergens or their traces, which may be relevant for allergy patients, even in complex samples with sufficient sensitivity. Especially for continuous controls during production, the ELISA method provides a reliable method to exclude the presence of cross-reacting components. In addition, the tests can be used as part of quality control for the final product release.

The Morinaga Allergy Test ELISA Kit II convinces with robust and efficient protein extraction from complex, heat-processed, and processed foods as well as excellent specificity. This is achieved by using a particularly stringent extraction buffer as well as specialized antibodies. This means correct results even in highly processed foods and higher safety for allergy patients.

A special feature of the product line is the ability to detect soy and egg even in highly processed and heat-processed foods with a detection limit of 0.31 ppm.

The product line includes tests for all of the “Big 8” allergens: wheat, egg, peanuts, soy, milk, and dairy products, other nuts, shellfish, and fish. This portfolio of common parameters allows a holistic and consistent allergen management program to be followed with the highest quality.

Morinaga Allergen Lateral Flow Rapid Test

This test method is a qualitative detection with high sensitivity and efficiency, based on the lateral flow method. In this method, the sample is applied to a test strip, which is loaded with allergen-specific antibodies in the form of a strip.

If corresponding allergens are present in the sample, they bind to the specific antibody and a coloration of the strip can be observed. Lateral flow tests are widely used in quality assurance from the starting product to the finished food product because of their ease of use.

Morinaga Allergen Lateral Flow Rapid Tests are essential as a hygiene test for the detection of allergen residues and are very important as part of a comprehensive allergen management program.

This type of test provides rapid results and can be performed by inexperienced personnel. The test strips are easy to use and give evidence of allergen traces on surfaces.

The allergen tests can also be used for the detection of allergen traces in food when a qualitative yes / no statement is sufficient for the presence of allergens.

HyServe’s Morinaga Lateral Flow Rapid Tests are ready-to-use and help food manufacturers ensure the safety and compliance of their products. Early detection of contamination can avoid unnecessary and costly recalls, which are often associated with high financial losses and reputational damage.

Lateral Flow Rapid Test Pro

The Lateral Flow Rapid Test Pro versions, just like the Allergen ELISA II Kits, are characterized by a particularly stringent extraction process. The Pro versions are used particularly for food samples, as sample lysis is necessary before detection. From sample collection to result, the tests can be performed in 40 to 45 minutes.

Lateral Flow Rapid Test Easy

The Lateral Flow Rapid Test Easy versions do not require a separate extraction step to rapidly test rinse water and swab samples. This makes them ideal for monitoring production lines. Also, no laboratory equipment or training is required and results are available within 10 minutes of sampling.

FAQs
  • 1) How do you test for allergens?

    Food manufacturers must indicate allergens on their packaging. To check for allergen contamination in products, food is regularly tested for residues.

  • 2) What is ELISA?

    ELISA stands for Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, a bio-molecular test that forms specific antibodies around the target antigen. ELISA is used to detect proteins in raw materials used in the food industry or processed foods.

  • 3) Which substances are considered allergens in the food industry?

    Cereals containing gluten, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, nuts, fish, shellfish, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, and lupins must be labeled according to EU regulation. In addition, also sulfur dioxide and sulfites in concentrations of 10 mg/kg or 10 mg/l in the prepared product.

  • 4) What is environmental hygiene?

    Environmental hygiene is part of the HACCP concept and describes the consistent cleaning and disinfection of production facilities and their surroundings in the food industry. In allergen management, this can be of particular importance in the production of "free-from" products such as lactose-free or gluten-free products.

What is part of the Allergen Management Concept?

Based on the HACCP concept, companies prepare risk analyses, define control points and intervals, and draw up written procedural and work instructions.

Compliance with these is intended to prevent unintentional cross-contamination, in which allergens unintentionally enter food that was originally allergen-free, for example via hands, surfaces, or equipment.

Part of the allergen management concept is a checklist that specifies certain approaches and procedures for avoiding contamination with allergens, from incoming goods to sales. In addition, employee training sessions are planned in which the topics of allergies and intolerances are addressed.

This is intended to raise awareness of allergen management and provide employees with an understanding of what their responsibilities are as part of allergen-conscious production.

About the Manufacturer: Morinaga Institute of Biological Science, Inc.

The Morinaga Institute of Biological Science, Inc. (MIoBS) was founded in 1973 as the biochemical laboratory of Morinaga & Co, a Japanese confectionery manufacturer with a long tradition.

Morinaga develops products in the fields of medical research and food safety using immunoassay technology that has been continuously improved over many years.

Based on the vision of “Study Health Scientifically,” Morinaga’s mission is “to provide society with reliable products, services, and information based on scientific evidence that contribute to people’s health, safety, and peace of mind.”

About the Manufacturer: Morinaga Institute of Biological Science, Inc.

The Morinaga Institute of Biological Science, Inc. (MIoBS) was founded in 1973 as the biochemical laboratory of Morinaga & Co, a Japanese confectionery manufacturer with a long tradition.

Morinaga develops products in the fields of medical research and food safety using immunoassay technology that has been continuously improved over many years.

Based on the vision of “Study Health Scientifically,” Morinaga’s mission is “to provide society with reliable products, services, and information based on scientific evidence that contribute to people’s health, safety, and peace of mind.”

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