Research shows that food imports from Asia are full of undeclared ingredients that can cause fatal allergic reactions
- Scientists tested 50 packaged foods from six Asian supermarkets in Melbourne
- Research showed that 46 percent contained allergen that was not on the label
- China was the source of products with the largest number of undeclared allergens
Australian researchers say that foods imported from Asia contain undeclared ingredients that can cause fatal allergic reactions.
Scientists tested 50 packaged foods purchased at six Asian supermarkets in Melbourne and found that 46 percent contained an allergen that was not on the label.
Worse, 18 percent of the products contained multiple unlisted allergens.
Study leader Andreas Lopata, from James Cook University, says the findings are alarming for people with serious food allergies, especially as food imports from Asia are growing steadily.
Scientists tested 50 packaged foods purchased at six Asian supermarkets in Melbourne and found that 46 percent contained an allergen that was not on the label (stock image)
China was the source of products with the highest number of detectable, undeclared allergens, followed by Thailand and South Korea.
Those allergens were eggs, gluten, milk, and peanuts, some in very high concentrations.
Prof. Lopata says that food labeling was well organized in Australia, but that is not true in some Asian countries.
With food trade from Asia to Australia increasing by around 2.5 percent every year, he says consumers need to understand the risks.
& # 39; With the increasing number of food recall and anaphylaxis in Australia, it is very important that further action is taken in the field of food allergy labeling to protect allergic consumers here & # 39 ;, says Prof. Lopata.
& # 39; Hospital admissions for food-induced acute allergic reactions increased by around 350 percent in Australia between 1997 and 2005 and increased by another 150 percent in the next seven years to 2012. & # 39;
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