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New Allergen Legislation

11 August 2014

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From 13 December 2014, food businesses in the UK will have to follow new rules in labelling pre-packed foods and non-prepacked (loose) foods. This is part of the European Union Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) coming into force.

The new rules require food businesses to provide information on the presence of 14 allergens, if added or used as ingredients in food. The 14 allergens as listed in the EU FIC are:

cereals containing gluten
crustaceans
molluscs
eggs
fish
peanuts
nuts
soya
milk
celery
mustard
sesame
lupin
sulphur dioxide (at a level above 10mg/kg or 10mg/litre)

The FSA guidance provides detailed interpretations of the EU FIC’s allergen requirements and, where appropriate, examples of best practice. It intends to help food businesses (especially small and medium enterprises) to comply with the changes and develop understanding in practically applying the new requirements.

You will need to declare the inclusion of any one of the 14 allergens to customers in a variety of possible ways, such as on menus and chalkboards, clear signposting to where the information can be obtained and through oral communication. The allergen information should be accurate, consistent and verifiable upon challenge (for example, when asked by a consumer or a local authority food safety officer).

Further information is in the PDF, which can be downloaded below. 

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