RSSL offers analytical support following RASFF contamination alert

Food industry likely to step up analytical testing following RASFF alert


Recent RASFF notification highlighting the presence of peanut protein in soy lecithin is likely to prompt many global buyers, suppliers and food manufacturers to step up analytical testing, says RSSL.

“For companies that have been forced to move to soy lecithin due to the current shortage of sunflower-derived products, last week’s RASFF alert is an added challenge. The source of the contamination is not yet known, but currently appears to be affecting soy lecithin from India.

“This news is undoubtedly cause for concern. Peanuts are one of the food allergens that must be declared under current European and US legislation to protect consumers. We’re ready to provide accurate analytical testing support to any company wishing to put targeted measures in place in response to this issue. Our specialist consultants are also on hand to help assess the potential food safety risks of this developing situation,” advises Nia Willis, DNA & Protein Manager at RSSL.

RSSL uses a fully-validated ELISA analytical method to test for the presence of peanut protein. It is suitable to be used for testing the lecithin itself, as well as all food matrices - including chocolate and biscuits which have both been identified as the most at-risk categories.

With a limit of quantification of 0.25 mg/kg peanut protein and a standard range of 0.25 -2.5 mg/kg peanut protein, this accredited method can be adapted to extend this range for clients who need a specification above the level of 2.5 mg/kg peanut protein. Results can be delivered within a 2-day, 5-day or 10-day timeframe. RSSL’s Emergency Response members benefit from priority service.

For further information or to discuss your needs please contact our customer services team on +44 (0) 118 918 4076 or email us here.


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