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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Allergen Recalls - What is the cause of the problem?

In the News:

The airwaves are abuzz with recalls "due to undeclared" presence of allergens. When you read the notices, the reasons given often start with the phrase "due to . . . " these actually point to the problem; not the cause. We are left with the question: What is the cause of this problem?

First check these twitter posts, and then check to see all of the solutions to the problem that have been published. Here is one from the University of Nebraska: “Allergen Control in the Food Industry

So why are these recalls not abating but seem to be increasing for food allergens that have been long known to exist?

The challenge is expanding in Australia and New Zealand. On 25 May 2017 lupin was added to this list of allergens that must be declared.

Does the SSQA concept have any solution to offer?
Posted by Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate.

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