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Meat Allergy Panel

The Meat Allergy Panel determines whether or not you are allergic to various meats.

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The Meat Allergy Panel determines whether or not you are allergic to various meats. Food allergies occur when the body identifies certain foods as toxins and triggers an immune response as a result. These reactions can range from mild and annoying to severe and potentially life-threatening. It's best to know which foods you're allergic to and what to do should you ever mistakenly come in contact with or eat something that your body can't handle.

The Meat Allergy Panel is comprised of five tests for the following meats:

How Our Meat Allergy Test Works

For our Meat Allergy Test, simply place your order online and stop by one of our 4,000+ nationwide testing facilities at your convenience (no appointment required). A member of the center’s staff will collect a small blood sample via the skin prick method at which point your part of the process is done. The sample collection itself takes only a few minutes and most patients are in and out and about their day in under a half-hour. From there, your sample will be processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory and in as little as 24-72 hours, you’ll have full results regarding your meat intolerance.

Common Meat Allergy Symptoms

Meat allergy symptoms can develop anytime in life. While uncommon, intolerances to meats such as poultry, beef and pork have been on the rise, likely due to greater recognition of the condition.1 Meat allergies manifest due to the consumption of meat that triggers an immune system reaction. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, signs of a meat sensitivity can include any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Generalized tissue swelling
  • Headaches
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sneezing.1

How to Interpret Your Results

We strive to make interpreting your test allergy test results as straightforward as possible. Our Meat Allergy Test is an Immunoglobulin-E (IgE) blood test that measures your body’s sensitivity to foreign substances by testing for IgE antibodies.

When reviewing your results, you’ll find a ‘results’, ‘flag’ and ‘reference range’ column. The ‘reference range’ denotes the threshold for an allergic reaction. The ‘result’ is the numerical value describing your sensitivity to the allergen. The outcome of your meat test can be found under the ‘flag’ column and reported as either normal/non-reactive or abnormal/reactive. A reactive or abnormal test flag will indicate an allergic reaction to each meat type.

While some people may have antibodies that only react to one or two types of meat, it is possible to have antibodies that react to multiple allergens.

For more detailed information, visit our Sample Test Results page to learn more about interpreting your results.

Meat Allergy Panel vs Chicken Allergy Test

There are food allergy tests available for individuals who are relatively confident that they may have a chicken intolerance. For that, we recommend taking the Chicken Allergy Test. Otherwise, the Meat Allergy Panel determines whether or not you are allergic to various meats and consists of five tests for chicken, turkey, pork, beef, or lamb allergies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system “defends” your body from a substance that wouldn’t otherwise pose a threat and can range from mild to severe.2 Allergic reactions can occur from consuming, inhaling, or touching an allergen.

  • This test is perfect for anyone over 18 wanting a more precise measure of potential aversions or allergies to meat. If you’ve recently experienced an adverse reaction to any of the five types of meat represented in this test, or if you want to know if a childhood allergy persists, this test may be your solution.

  • We aim to deliver complete, comprehensive results promptly. If you have questions about your results, our care counselors are standing by, ready and willing to assist. We can even put you in touch with a physician should you require additional assistance and/or prescription medication.

  • No, our Meat Allergy Panel does not test for fish allergies. However, if you’re looking to cover your bases with further testing, we recommend investing in our Fish Allergy Panel to check for additional sensitivities.

  1. “Meat.” American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. May 8, 2019. https://acaai.org/allergies/allergic-conditions/food/meat/.

  2. “Allergic Reaction Defined.” American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Accessed April 12, 2022. https://www.aaaai.org/tools-for-the-public/allergy,-asthma-immunology-glossary/allergic-reaction-defined.