New ELISA test kit for detecting sesame in food

The prevalence of sesame seed allergy has been increasing in recent years and, like allergies to peanut and tree nuts, sesame allergy can be life-threatening and is not usually out-grown. With the rise of sesame as a popular ingredient in food products around the world, detection of sesame protein in foods is an important part of allergen management.

Neogen Corporation has recently launched an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test kit for sesame that can be used to screen samples or provide quantitative results in the range of 2.5 to 25 ppm. The Veratox® for Sesame Allergen test has been validated for use in products such as spices and bakery products as well as samples taken during cleaning of food production lines.

According to Neogen’s press release regarding the new product, the sesame allergen kit – like all of Neogen’s allergen testing products – has been developed in close cooperation with the University of Nebraska’s Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP). FARRP is a partnership between the food industry and university that was formed to provide research and resource tools to the food industry.

The new test kit adds to existing ELISA testing options for sesame that are available to the food industry, such as those offered by r-Biopharm’s RIDASCREEN®FAST Sesame kit and the Elisa Systems Sesame Seed Residue assay.

See the Neogen website for more information about the new Veratox® Sesame Allergen test.