Sesame Microwell

An increase in sesame seed allergy has been reported in the past decade, ranking it in the top 10 causes of food allergies in the USA and the leading cause of food allergies in other countries. The allergens contained in sesame are potent and can cause very serious allergic reactions. For this reason, EU, Canada and Australia regulate sesame in the food industry. Sesame seeds are routinely found in prepared foods such as appetizers, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, gluten-free foods, processed meats, snack foods, baked goods, and sauces, but can also be a component in blends often labeled “spices” or “natural flavors.”

Intended Use

The ELISA SYSTEMS® Sesame Residue Detection Kit™ is an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that may be used to screen food products for the presence of allergenic sesame residues introduced into foods via cross-contamination during manufacturing or direct contamination of raw ingredients. This assay is a rapid and reliable test that significantly reduces the time required to screen food products for the presence of sesame seed residues.

Assay Principles

The ELISA SYSTEMS® Sesame Residue Detection Kit™ is based on the sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay format. The food sample is first subjected to an extraction procedure and then assayed by ELISA method for the presence of sesame allergens. The results may be quantified by comparing the test results against results obtained from protein standards supplied in the kit.

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(Product code: ES53110)

Performance Characteristics

Range of Quantification: 0.1 – 5.0 ppm
Sample Preparation Time: ~15 min
Test period: ~65 min