Food Allergens

Fish Testing Solutions 
for Lab and On-Site Detection

Fish encompass a wide variety of popular seafood choices such as salmon, tuna, halibut, and cod. They are prized for their rich flavors and exceptional nutritional benefits, including omega-3 fatty acids and high-quality protein. However, fish consumption can trigger serious allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. In most cases, such allergy is induced by the low-molecular muscle protein parvalbumin. This protein is characterized by its high heat resistance and stability against denaturing agents and proteolytic enzymes.

Cross-contamination risks are common during processing, necessitating vigilant monitoring of both the production environment and food products for the presence of fish allergens. The food industry employs highly sensitive testing equipment to uphold strict food safety standards and avert allergic reactions.

Mandatory labeling of fish allergens in food products

Fish allergies are a significant cause of severe food-induced allergic reactions. The prevalence of fish allergies in the general population is estimated to range between 0.5% and 1%, with higher rates reported in countries where seafood is an integral part of the local cuisine.

To protect consumers from the potentially life-threatening consequences of fish consumption, allergen labeling is mandated by law in numerous countries. Fish, as a major allergen group, is regulated in the EU (Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011), the US (U.S. FDA – FALCPA 2004), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and many other countries. In these regions, the presence of fish proteins in foodstuffs must be clearly labeled to ensure consumer safety and awareness.

Fast and highly sensitive fish allergen analysis

At Romer Labs, we offer an extensive range of solutions for fish allergen detection, including test kits and analytical services. Our fish test kit portfolio features quantitative ELISA tests that are specifically designed to detect fish proteins in environmental samples, rinse waters, and liquid and solid foodstuffs

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Fast and Reliable Test Kits for Fish 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 quantitative analyses of fish 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 allergens in environmental swab samples

Our fish 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.

ELISA - AgraQuant® Allergen Test Kits

AgraQuant® Allergen test kits deliver unparalleled accuracy and reliability in allergen detection with our state-of-the-art enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) in a quantitative format. Designed for seamless integration with ELISA readers, such as the StatFax® or the BioTek® reader, our test kits ensure precise and dependable results.

Experience the convenience of parallel measurement with AgraQuant® test kits, capable of analyzing up to 38 samples in as little as 60 minutes. Save time and resources without compromising on quality.

Our AgraQuant® Allergen test kits feature sandwich ELISAs in a user-friendly, ready-to-use format, minimizing handling errors and streamlining your testing process. Each kit includes a set of 5 standards, an antibody-coated plate, a conjugate, a substrate and a stop solution.

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.