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Causes and Sources of Food Allergen Hazards


The control of allergens is a significant concern for food manufacturers. However, the absence of universally agreed acceptable allergen levels has led to the overuse of fail-safe warning or pre-cautionary labelling.

This lack of guidance is causing a great deal of confusion on the best approach to control allergen risks.

It is estimated that allergen associated incidents cause 30,000 individuals to seek emergency treatment and 150 - 200 deaths
annually in the USA. There are 160 potentially allergenic foods but only 8 (5%) give rise to 90% of allergic reactions.

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