AI to Rescue Patients Suffering from Food Allergy
The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) states that the reactions to allergens in food cause over 150 deaths, 2,000 hospitalizations and 30,000 emergency room visits per year. Food allergy has always been common, but in recent years it has become a global concern. Reasons of the increasing numbers of patients by food allergies include:
- People preferring to eat junk and street food
- Increasing level of pollution affecting the quality of vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods
- Unknowingly consuming the food item to which people are allergic
FDA enforces the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (the Act) for Americans to avoid the health risks. The Act applies to the labeling of foods regulated by FDA which includes all foods items except poultry, most meats, certain egg products, and most alcoholic beverages which are regulated by other Federal agencies. The Act requires that all food labels must clearly identify the food source names of any ingredients that are one of the major food allergens or contain any protein derived from a major food allergen. This labels can help consumers to identify and avoid the ingredients they are allergic to.
But the issue lies in detecting the substance that the person is allergic to. To cure the patient from food allergy, its accurate diagnosis is very important. Mostly, these allergies are diagnosed by specific blood test, skin prick test, oral food challenge, and trial elimination diet. With the help of technological advancements, many companies are developing Food Allergen Detection System that provides results with actual amount of allergens in food.
According to the report by The Insight Partners on Food Allergy Diagnostics Testing Market, the rising awareness about the food products with different preservatives and increasing technological development for the diagnostics is creating great growth opportunities.
Recently a startup, Taiwan User-Friendly Sensor and Tech (TFT), launched their food allergen detection system that used AI and big data analysis technology. While introducing the product, Wen-Hao Chen, its founder and CEO mentioned that the system combined nanotechnology to enable the fastest process of detection in the industry (up to 2 minutes).
Apart from this startup, companies including Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Siemens AG, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group plc, and Omega Diagnostics Group PLC etc. are already engaged in the food allergy diagnostics testing market.
A person having allergies by specific food item can experience a severe allergic reaction called as anaphylaxis. This reaction can be a life threatening or can affect body parts like lungs, skin, and/or throat etc. It is necessary that the allergies are detected in time and technology is playing a major role here to save lives.
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