4 Ways to Automate Allergen Control

Almost half of all recalls in the USA and more than half in Canada last year were caused by undeclared allergens. Allergen labelling and control has become an increasingly critical part of food safety as both consumer awareness and regulatory action related to food allergies builds. The Icicle food safety app now provides automated allergen control that is integrated seamlessly with the rest of your food safety program.

Food allergies are on the rise. Approximately 30 000 people in the USA seek emergency medical treatment every year due to food allergies, most commonly allergies to eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans (which make up 90% of food allergies). Evidence from the CDC has indicated that the incidence of food allergies in children is increasing and is the leading cause of anaphylaxis among children and adolescents, spurring the development of consumer-led programs like the Teal Pumpkin Project that aim to reduce risks for children with food allergies around Halloween. Initiatives like these represent the willingness of consumers, and institutions like schools, to choose allergen-free foods to promote inclusion and solidarity with those affected by food allergies and protect vulnerable populations.

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