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TRACE looked at the impact of sleep deprivation and exercise on allergy attacks

Stress makes allergic reactions worse

By Rick Pendrous

Sleep deprivation and exercise can make peanut allergy sufferers vulnerable to more severe life-threatening anaphylaxis attacks, according to the latest results of a research project, which have yet to be published.

Portion sizes: ‘A 500g [gluten-free] ready meal could actually have a lot of gluten’

Sainsbury calls for agreed allergen threshold limits

By Rick Pendrous

Sainsbury’s head of analytical testing has called for agreement on threshold limits for the presence of allergens in food and drink to provide reassurance to food manufacturers, retailers and, most importantly, consumers about the risk of allergic reactions.

Consumers' changing expectations about product labelling is having a big impact on manufacturers and retailers

Food allergens: the cost of inaccurate reporting

By Mark Thomson

The rapid change in consumer expectations when it comes to product labelling has had a palpable effect on retailers and is changing the way the food and drinks manufacturing industry is operating.

Processed meat linked to exacerbating asthma symptoms (Flickr/Andrew Malone)

Processed meat linked to aggravating asthma

By Matt Atherton

Research linking processed meat and asthma needs more evidence, claimed the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) and Asthma UK, after scientists reported the link this week (December 20).

Protein new to the local food chain has the potential to cause allergies: Buttriss

New protein sources – new allergens?

By Judy Buttriss

Novel foods, in particular insects, are being billed as a sustainable source of protein to meet future needs, as the global population grows and becomes more prosperous and climate change takes hold.

A peanut protein level of 1.5g will be safe for 95% of the population

‘May contain’ labels to be reassessed

By Rick Pendrous

‘May contain’ precautionary labelling of foods for the accidental presence of allergens could become far more useful for those suffering allergies, as scientists develop a “risk management toolbox” for industry, covering threshold dose allergen action...

Allergen labelling has been slammed as 'a complete muddle' by Dr Lisa Ackerley

Allergen labels are ‘complete muddle’

By Rick Pendrous


The “complete muddle” surrounding allergen labelling is contributing to the rising number of food recalls attributed to unlisted allergens, according to a leading food safety expert.

Sainsbury recalled its British Lamb Shish Kebabs, after some were found to contain beef

Food recalls sparked by salmonella, milk and beef

By Michael Stones

Food safety recalls have been sparked this week by salmonella contaminating paprika, beef in Sainsbury’s lamb kebab packets and undeclared milk in confectionery and United Biscuits’ waffles.

Peanut allergies: anaphylactic shock can be life-threatening

Self-diagnosed intolerance may harm clinical allergy sufferers

By Rick Pendrous

The explosive growth in people “self-diagnosed” as suffering from food intolerances and those avoiding certain nutrients, such as gluten and dairy, for lifestyle reasons could be harmful, the head of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, which represents those with...

Almond allergies could present a big risk

Almond presents an unknown allergen risk

By Nicholas Robinson

Almonds could present a huge allergen threat to people but the full extent of the risk is unknown because of the lack of data on their allergenic properties, according to a leading scientist.

Menus will have to clarify which items contain the 14 foods most commonly sparking an allergic reaction

Foodservice faces £200M bill for new allergen rules

By Rod Addy

Changes to food allergen rules could cost £200M for foodservice operators, with smaller businesses among those set to struggle the most, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

From December 13, waiters will need to inform customers about allergens in the food

Caterers need individually wrapped free-from foods

By Rick Pendrous

Individually wrapped portions of free-from foods will be needed in restaurants and other catering outlets to meet increasing numbers of consumers with allergies and food intolerances, a leading expert has claimed.

Food manufacturers should act now to avoid the new rules governing the handling and labelling of food allergens forcing up the number of food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency

New guidance for manufacturers on managing allergens

By Rick Pendrous

New rules governing the handling and labelling of food allergens, which come into force later this year, could drive up the number of food alerts issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), unless manufacturers and others take urgent action.

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