The EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No.1169/2011 lists 14 food allergens that must always be labelled in pre-packed and non-prepacked foods. Soya is one of the allergens in this list, coming in many forms and is found in many products.
Soya beans are well known as a potential allergen, but so too as a good source of protein. This has led to their success within meat substitutes. Soya beans have wide ranging uses within processed foodstuffs due to their composition of useful vitamins and minerals. This can increase the risk of soya derivatives being unknowingly added to foodstuffs, resulting in inaccurate labelling and potential risk to those with soya intolerances.
Accurate testing is needed to highlight soya, and by extension soya protein, levels in foodstuffs. To aid within this, Fapas proficiency testing should be used within your quality control strategy to promote high quality testing over a long term timescale. Proficiency tests offer an effective benchmark of your testing ability to highlight and therefore address any areas of improvement.
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.