Undeclared Allergens Cause Most Recalls in Q3
FDA-issued food recalls declined 11% in Quarter 3 of 2017, but undeclared allergens were the top cause of those recalls.
The Stericycle Expert Solutions’ Q3 2017 Recall Index report revealed that undeclared allergens totaled 96.9% of all recalled FDA food units, up from just 8.4% in Q2. The top FDA recalled food categories in Q3 included prepared foods (17.7%), produce (12.7%), baked goods (12%) and supplements (11.4%). Of the recalled FDA food units, 95.6% were considered Class I, the most serious classification.
The presence of undeclared allergens is a significant health risk to consumers and a costly recall for your business. Routine allergen testing is the single most effective way to ensure you know what’s in your ingredients.
Eurofins GeneScan performs a comprehensive suite of ELISA and PCR-based tests to determine the presence of food allergens. Contact Eurofins GeneScan to complete your allergen testing today.
The full Q3 2017 Recall Index can be found here.