Plant-based Alternatives & Allergen Testing

Plant-based meat and dairy alternatives are rapidly growing in popularity with consumers as food manufacturers continue to create innovative new options. According to a report by Bloomberg Intelligence, the plant-based foods market could make up to 7.7% of the global protein market by 2030, with a value of over $162 billion, up from $29.4 billion in 2020.

As plant-based products become more affordable and accessible with increased production and distribution, they’re building momentum with consumers looking for more healthy, sustainable options.

These new alternatives can increase allergen concerns for food manufacturers and consumers. Many plant-based ingredients being used contain allergens, such as soy, coconut, sesame, and almond. With such ingredients being used in different ways, effective allergen control is vital.

Food allergy now affects 1 in 10 infants and about 2 in 100 adults in Australia. Australia has one of the highest allergy rates in the world and can be genetic. Food intolerance is even more common. Surveys indicate that up to 25% of the population believe they have a food intolerance.

Food manufacturers protect those with food allergies by clearly labeling their products with a list of ingredients and testing to ensure that unlabeled — and potentially dangerous — allergens did not make it into food products.

At Neogen, we are committed to providing reliable food and environmental allergen testing solutions to meet specific food safety needs. Our extensive experience and local presence have been expanded through our recent merger with 3M, a leader in food safety testing. This expansion allows us to provide innovative solutions, further reinforcing our commitment to ensuring the safety of the food supply chain.

Our expanded range of lateral flow tests deliver rapid results in just five minutes, while qualitative results with ELISA’s take only 30 minutes. We offer over 50 options in the allergen category, our products can screen for allergens in various sample types, including environmental swabs, CIP rinses, and validated food matrices.

Neogen is dedicated to complying with regulatory standards set forth by governing bodies such as the international organization, AOAC, and locally, NATA, in order to support the Australian food safety sector. This enables labs and manufacturers to confidently test and comply with FSANZ standards. Neogen provides exceptional customer support through a team of sales and technical specialists that can assist you in onboarding and recommending the best solution for your operation.

Our custom-built warehouse in Bundamba, QLD, ensures quick order processing for your convenience. With decades of experience providing innovative food safety solutions, Neogen is a trusted leader in the industry.

Explore our allergen solutions to discover how we can help with your allergen testing.