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Proposed Changes to Food Labelling

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

Follow the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse in 2016 the FSA is recommending new rules aimed at highlighting the 14 main allergens.

If adopted the new proposal will require food outlets to provide a full list of ingredients on each product, highlighting allergens. Sandwich shops that make up food at the point of sale will not have to provide the labelling but will be required to display signage, telling the customer to ask for allergen information.

The government welcomed the FSA’s recommendation stating that they were "working at pace to bring forward legislation that ensures food allergy suffers can feel safe and secure."

FSA chairwoman Heather Hancock acknowledged that in choosing the strictest of the options available there was a risk of the new rules proving too onerous for businesses who may consider not serving people with allergies in the future.  However their recommendation is based on balancing consumer protection and public health protection with the ability of business to deliver good service and choice for those with allergies or intolerances.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will have the final say over whether new rules are introduced.

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