Food Allergens

Coconut Testing Solutions 
for Lab and On-Site Detection

Coconuts are drupes that come from the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera), a palm tree that thrives in hot and wet climates across the globe. Despite their name, coconuts are not tree nuts and are often mistakenly classified as such. Over 70% of the world's coconut production comes from tropical regions in Asia.

Coconut allergies are relatively rare, with only a few documented cases. However, the significance of coconut as an allergen source has increased with the FDA recognizing it as a tree nut for labeling purposes.

Despite its low prevalence, all documented cases of coconut allergy have involved anaphylactic reactions, which can be life-threatening if not promptly and properly treated. Some cross-reactivity has been observed between coconuts and tree nuts, including almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, and walnuts. However, individuals with tree nut allergies do not show a notably higher propensity to be allergic to coconuts. Lentils represent another documented cross-reactivity for those with coconut allergies.

Fast and highly sensitive coconut analysis

At Romer Labs, we offer solutions for coconut detection, consisting of a qualitative lateral flow device (LFD) specifically designed to detect coconut proteins in environmental samples, rinse waters, liquid and solid foodstuffs, and analytical services.

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Fast and Reliable Test Kits for Coconut Detection

Food allergens present a persistent challenge for individuals with allergies, making it crucial for food producers to accurately detect potential allergen contamination. Employing reliable test kits ensures the safety of consumers and compliance with regulatory standards.

Romer Labs provides a fast and sensitive test kit designed for the qualitative analyses of coconut traces. This versatile test caters to various applications, covering all phases of the food production process:

  • Testing of raw materials and finished food samples
  • Analysis of rinse waters (integral to cleaning validation)
  • Detection of coconut in environmental swab samples

Our coconut test kit is designed for seamless integration into routine analyses as part of an allergen management plan, aligning with HACCP principles. The user-friendly test format ensures a streamlined workflow for both on-site and laboratory settings.

Legislative Compliance

In light of global regulations concerning food allergens (e.g., Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011; U.S. FDA – FALCPA 2004), it is imperative to properly label food products. Romer Labs' test kits support producers in fulfilling legal requirements, guaranteeing the safety and compliance of their products.

Safeguard Your Business and Brand

The quality of a test kit is intrinsically linked to food safety. At Romer Labs, we utilize an extensive range of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies to ensure adherence to the highest quality standards. Our highly sensitive tests are capable of detecting allergens in concentrations as low as ppm or even ppb levels. Prompt identification of allergen contamination can mitigate the risk of expensive allergen-related recalls, which can lead to substantial financial losses and reputational damage.

LFD - AgraStrip® Pro Allergen Test Kits

AgraStrip® Pro Allergen Test Kits represent a user-friendly, rapid solution for on-site allergen detection. These state-of-the-art lateral flow devices (LFD) deliver accurate results in just 11 minutes, including extraction time, making them an ideal choice for fast-paced environments.

Our AgraStrip® LFDs employ a cutting-edge qualitative strip test method that harnesses the power of specific antibodies, labeled with colloidal gold, to generate a visually discernible color development in both test and control zones. This innovative approach enables rapid analysis of a broad spectrum of food and environmental samples, ensuring the utmost safety and quality for your consumers.

The test kits come complete with strips, antibody-coated incubation vials, extraction tubes, an extraction buffer, surface swabs and additional accessories.

Fully Accredited Food Allergen Testing Laboratories

Complementing our range of innovative diagnostic solutions, Romer Labs provides comprehensive analytical services tailored to meet customers' needs for allergen testing. By offering high levels of specialization and expertise, our analytical services are a key part of our exceptional customer service.

Romer Labs operates six fully accredited food allergen testing laboratories on three continents - Europe, America, and Asia. Together, these global facilities cover diagnostic tests for all food allergens, offering one of the most complete ranges of services for allergen testing.

Food allergen testing services are offered in Austria, the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, and China for all relevant food allergens in raw materials, finished food samples, rinse waters, and environmental swabs. The services are applicable for all steps in the food production process.

Both the ISO 9001 certification and ISO 17025 accreditation guarantee reliable and accurate results.

Whether you require accredited laboratory results, additional testing capacities for projects or peak testing times, or prefer to avoid setting up your own testing, Romer Labs is your trusted partner for all allergen testing service needs.

For detailed information on the services available at each location, please consult the Analytical Services page.