Food and Agrochemical Allergens
HSE has had long experience in monitoring exposure to allergens
in the bakery industry, with established methods for fungal alpha
amylase and wheat flour antigen. We also provide an assay for the
measurement of soya trypsin inhibitor, a major inhalation allergen
found in soy products (flour and oil), extensively used in the food
industry and soya bean pellets used in agricultural animal
A number of crustacean proteins are allergenic both by
inhalation and ingestion. HSE has a long established pan-crustacea
muscle protein immunoassay that can be used to identify such
allergens. We also offer fish parvalbumin testing for cod, haddock
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