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Food Analytics

  Performing a simple food analytic ELISA test can be useful in detecting residues or any microbiological contaminants present in food.  

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A food allergy can be described as an abnormal immune response to food. The complexity with which food is able to affect our everyday life for these many unexplained symptoms, coupled with the fact that it is difficult to diagnose has made this topic an emerging area for scientific research.

In theory virtually any food has the potential to cause an allergic reaction, however, there are certain type of foods which have been identified that are responsible for majority of food allergies. In general, one of the most common form of food allergy is caused by an immunoglobulin E (IgE) which by mistake targets a specific protein present in food as a treat. This results in a number of different chemicals being released, amongst which histamine is the most important. Histamine is responsible for majority of the typical symptoms which occur during an allergic reaction. For example: affects the nerves in the skin (causing itchiness), increases production of mucus in your nose lining (causing burning sensation and itching) and finally causes the small blood vessels to expand (causing surrounding skin to swell and become reddish).

In children, the foods that most commonly result in an allergic reaction are: milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and soya. In adults, the foods that most commonly result in an allergic reaction are: fish, shellfish (such as prawns, crab and lobsters), peanuts and tree nuts (such as almonds, pistachios, brazil nuts and walnuts).

However, there is also a common belief that any type of food has the potential to cause an allergy. For example, there are many examples where an allergic reactions have been linked to the following foods: gluten (a protein which is often found in cereals), fruit and vegetables (often causing various oral allergy syndrome), meat (a common symptom seems to be skin irritation), celeriac or celery (can cause anaphylactic shock), sesame seeds, pine nuts and mustard.

We provide a portfolio of food and safety ELISAs which are designed to offer the highest sensitivity and specificity in the detection of constitutes, residues or microbiological contaminants that may be present in foods. These assays are reliable and can offer economical detection for many foods that have been listed above.

There is a growing belief from many experts that there are too many people who are self-diagnosing and in many cases altering their diet, which may involve leaving out some vital food groups in the belief that they have an allergy without any real evidence.

 
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