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Assessment and quantification of latex protein (LP) transfer from LP containing contact materials into food and drink products
Project Code: A03043
Leatherhead Food International
Patel, P ; Haines, J; Topping, J; Gibbons, M; Knellar, S; Angus, F
Latex is the milky sap derived from a rubber tree. It is used to manufacture many goods, some of which are used in the food chain (e.g. latex gloves, and packaging used for confectionery and ice cream products). There are several reports in the scientific literature that indicate potential for food-mediated latex allergy associated with the use of latex gloves for handling food.
There has been a shortage of information on the extent to which latex protein containing materials are used in the food chain. The overall aims of the project were to investigate the extent of usage of latex-containing materials in contact with food and, to develop a method of analysis for the determination of these allergens in both materials and foods.
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