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 (2019) Undeclared allergens in imported packaged food for retail in Australia. Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, 37 (2). pp. 183-192.

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Abstract

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
Copyright Information: © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 01:11
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1107 Immunology > 110701 Allergy @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0908 Food Sciences > 090804 Food Packaging, Preservation and Safety @ 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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