One of the biggest reasons for food recalls today is the detection of unclaimed allergens. It is estimated that more than 150 million people worldwide have food allergies, and with no cure, the only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid consumption. Side-effects from consuming a food allergen range from rashes and hives to loss of consciousness, or severe, and potentially fatal, anaphylaxis, making food allergen testing and accurate food labeling fundamentally important.
Food producers and regulators strive for specific and sensitive methods to detect allergens at trace levels to ensure consumer safety, meet regulations and avoid expensive product recalls. LC/MS/MS offers the unique advantages of multi-allergen screening, including: