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Americas: 3M buys allergen test kit company

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3M announced has acquired Elution Technologies, a US-based manufacturer of test kits that enable food and beverage companies to help ensure their products are free from potentially harmful allergens, such as peanuts, soy or milk.

Testing for potentially harmful allergens has become increasingly important to food and beverage processors and their customers.

According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Clinical Immunology, every three minutes someone is the US is rushed to an emergency room due to harmful and sometimes deadly allergic reactions to substances in food, and in some cases those substances were never intended to be in the products.

Elution Technologies was founded in 2012 by Bia Diagnostics and Immunology Consultants Laboratory.

The acquisition adds more than 30 allergen-specific lateral-flow and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, ELISA, test kits to 3M Food Safety’s existing total protein tests.