Undeclared allergens in imported packaged food for retail in Australia

Sheridan, Michael J., Koeberl, Martina, Hedges, Claire Elizabeth, Biros, Erik, Ruethers, Thimo, Clarke, Dean, Buddhadasa, Saman, Kamath, Sandip, and Lopata, Andreas Ludwig (2020) Undeclared allergens in imported packaged food for retail in Australia. Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, 37 (2). pp. 183-192.

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The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) requires a declaration of the presence of 11 different allergens made through the label on a food product. Most food recalls in Australia are now due to undeclared allergens . This survey determined the extent of undeclared allergens in imported food products on the Asian retail market in Australia. A total of 50 imported packaged foods were selectively purchased from local Asian grocery retail stores in Melbourne and the presence of undeclared gluten, milk, peanut and egg determined. Analysis was performed using commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) (R-Biopharm). Thirty-seven undeclared allergens (gluten n = 12, milk n = 12, peanut n = 6, and egg n = 7) were detected in 23 of the 50 products analysed (46%), with 18% containing multiple undeclared allergens. The high number of undeclared allergens is alarming and in line with the increasing number of food recalls and anaphylaxis recorded in Australia.

Item ID: 63531
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1944-0057
Keywords: Food labelling, undeclared allergen, food allergy, food recalls
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 2 of the following PhD thesis: Sheridan, Michael John (2020) Current approaches in managing food allergy in Australian settings. Masters (Research) thesis, James Cook University., which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 01:11
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3204 Immunology > 320401 Allergy @ 50%
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3006 Food sciences > 300605 Food safety, traceability, certification and authenticity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920108 Immune System and Allergy @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920406 Food Safety @ 80%
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