Soybean and lactose in meat products and preparations sampled at retail

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Filomena Piccolo
Lucia Vollano *
Giuseppe Base
Mariagrazia Girasole
Giorgio Smaldone
Maria Luisa Cortesi
(*) Corresponding Author:
Lucia Vollano | vollano@unina.it

Abstract

Food allergies and intolerances have increased during the last decades and regulatory authorities have taken different measures to prevent and manage consumers’ adverse reactions, including correct labelling of foods. Aim of this work was to search for soybean and lactose in meat products and meat preparations taken from retail in some provinces of Campania Region (Southern Italy) and to evaluate the food labels compliance with Regulation (EU) n.1169/2011. Soybean and lactose were searched using commercial kits in n. 58 samples of meat products produced in or distributed by 19 establishments, and in n. 55 samples of meat products and n. 8 of meat preparations produced in 21 plants. All samples were selected on the basis of the absence of any information on the labels about the presence of the two searched allergens, with the exception of n. 5 samples tested for lactose. Traces of soybean were detected in 50 out of the 58 examined samples, at concentrations up to 0.93 mg kg–1. Only two samples contained levels above the detection limit of 0.31 mg kg–1. Lactose levels ranging from 0.11 to 2.95 g/100 g, i.e. above the detection limit, were found in all the tested samples (n. 63). The results of the present research underline the need for careful controls and planning by operators as part of the self-control plans, and deserve attention from the competent authorities considering not only the consumers’ health but also the great attention media pay to regulations providing consumers with information on food.

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Filomena Piccolo, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, University of Naples Federico II, Naples

Departement of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, University of Naples Federico II

Lucia Vollano, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, University of Naples Federico II, Naples

Department of veterinary medicine and animal production

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