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With the improvement of living standards and the weakening of the human resistance, the food allergens have become a serious problem affecting the public health. Food allergens are considered to be substances in food that can cause immune and allergic reactions that match a specific population. Allergic reactions caused by food allergens can bring different allergic reactions that may may invade the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the central nervous system, the skin, muscles and bones. Some of them may even cause anaphylactic shock, which poses a threat to life and health of mankind. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requires food manufacturers to label packaged products that contain gluten, milk and dairy products, eggs, nuts, peanuts, soy, fish, crustaceans, molluscs, celery, lupin, sesame, mustard, and sulphites. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated food manufacturers to explicitly list the eight most common allergenic foods, which are milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. In addition, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) stipulates that these ingredients must be marked on food labels. According to the requirements of CAC on labeling of food allergens, the European Union (EU), the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have already established the compulsory acts on food allergens.
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