Food allergies can have a very negative effect on quality of life,
being unable to eat a favourite or common food is certainly an
inconvenience. But a restricted diet is only a minor hassle, especially
when compared to the major – even life-threatening – consequences
of ingesting a food to which one is allergic.
To help protect the health and safety of the allerged, CEN has recently developed two standards on the detection of food allergens. Both have been developed by CEN/TC 275 'Food analysis – Horizontal methods'. Standardization of methods – both immunological and molecular biological – for the detection and determination of additives, residues, and contaminants in food will help provide accurate information on the presence of allergens for foodstuffs across Europe.
EN 15633-1: 2009 specifies general guidelines and performance criteria for antibody-based methods for the detection and quantification of proteins that serve as a marker for the presence of allergy-provoking foods or food ingredients. Guidelines, minimum requirements, and performance criteria laid down in this European Standard (EN) are intended to ensure that comparable and reproducible results are obtained in different laboratories.
EN 15634-1: 2009 relates to the requirements for the specific amplification of target nucleic acid sequences (DNA) and for the confirmation of the identity of the amplified nucleic acid sequence. Guidelines, minimum requirements, and performance criteria laid down in this EN are intended to ensure that comparable and reproducible results are obtained in different laboratories.
EN 15633-1: 2009
Foodstuffs - Detection of food allergens by immunological methods - Part 1: General considerations
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Foodstuffs - Detection of food allergens by molecular biological methods - Part 1: General considerations