The way allergens are labelled on pre-packed foods is changing, and the deadline for manufacturers to have everything in place in order to comply with the change is fast approaching.
Now is the time, if companies haven’t already done so to ensure a label and printing solution has been put in place to comply with the new EU food labelling regulations for allergens.
Currently, the rules for pre packed foods establish a list of 14 food allergens which have to be indicated on the label – by reference to the source allergen whenever they (or ingredients made from them), are used. This includes alcoholic beverages.
The new rules state that any of the 14 allergens will be emphasised on the label, if they have been used as ingredients in pre packaged foods. Businesses can choose what method they want to use to emphasise these allergens, for example, by listing them in bold, italics, highlighted or underlined, to help identify them.
Information about allergenic ingredients will be located in a single place, i.e. the ingredients list. This means that the voluntary use of the current types of allergy boxes (such as: ‘Contains nuts’) that provide a short cut to allergen information also given in the ingredients list, will no longer be allowed.
Currently, loose foods (that can be bought without packaging) for example in supermarkets, delis, cafes and restaurants; don’t have to provide information you need about food allergens. However, from 13 December 2014, information on any of the 14 allergens used as ingredients will need to be provided for these foods.
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