Category Archive: Allergy

Apr 27

Is food allergen analysis flawed?

The Government Chemist Programme and expert collaborators call on Europe to improve the safety and security of food for people with allergies This Allergy Awareness Week we want to highlight the current challenges with food allergen measurements. Food allergy is a rapidly growing problem in the developed world, affecting up to 10 % of children and 2-3 % …

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Aug 20

How safe is your BBQ? This is how LGC makes sure that it is.

It’s not been the best of summers here in the UK but hopefully you’ve managed to enjoy a BBQ or two… But do you know how safe your BBQ is? Do you know exactly what is on the menu? LGC helps to make sure that your summer BBQ is safe and only makes use of …

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Mar 04

Peanut allergen quantification: a tough nut to crack

The prevalence of peanut allergy has nearly doubled in Europe over the past two decades and it now affects around 500,000 people in the UK. Peanut allergy is the most common cause of fatal food allergy reaction. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies peanut proteins as something harmful. The fear of accidental exposure …

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Nov 19

Why are thousands of people counting down the days to 13 December?

A selection of nuts on a wooden spoon

Saturday 13 December is an important day for anyone with a serious food allergy in the UK, for it marks a significant shift in the burden of responsibility caterers have towards customers with allergies. It is the day that catering businesses, including restaurants, takeaways, bakeries and delicatessens, must tell customers if any of the 14 …

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