Spices such as cumin have the potential to become contaminated with ingredients during processing that may be allergenic. Recent events have highlighted the risk of cumin becoming contaminated with gluten from cereal flours and from sesame. Both of these can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.
Accurate testing is required to highlight, and therefore control, this potential contamination. To aid with this accurate testing requirement, proficiency testing activities can be undertaken to highlight any areas of weakness within your testing set up. Fapas proficiency test materials employ real food matrices which allow direct comparisons with your routine testing analysis.
It is important that consumers with food allergies or intolerances are able to make informed choices when choosing products; by taking part in this test you are ensuring an independent verification of your testing procedures to comply with regulation. Results will be grouped and assessed according to the brand of ELISA kit used. Thus limited data may preclude assessment of small categories.