Dean Duxbury

With 200 deaths each year from allergic reactions to food ingredients, the Food and Drug Administration is concerned about what food labeling can do to enhance awareness of dangerous allergens.

Lab technician adds sample to microwells to conduct an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) test.

In August 2004, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) was enacted, requiring labeling of the presence of a major food allergen on foods packaged on or after January 1, 2006, and sold in the United States. FALCPA defines a major food allergen as an ingredient that is one of the fol…

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