FSA Allergen Information
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to undertake a study to assess the allergen information that is currently being provided for foods that are sold as non pre-packed and pre-packed for direct sale (or 'loose foods'). The study will be carried out before the provisions for food allergy information, under the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation, come into force on 14 December 2014. The new Regulation requires that information on the presence of the 14 food allergens listed, when used as ingredients in the products, should be provided for loose foods. The main aim of this research is to establish what information is currently provided by food businesses on these allergenic ingredients when used in loose foods. It will also establish how the FSA can help them to comply with the new provisions. The research should, in addition, explore the prevalence and type of information currently provided by food businesses about cross contamination of food allergens. This will include gathering information about the use of ‘may contain’ type declarations and ‘free-from’ claims in loose foods.
More information on the study is available on the FSA website at: http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2012/dec/research-foodallergens