Food allergen labelling advice

Food allergen labelling advice

Food hypersensitivity is a global food safety issue, with increasing numbers of people diagnosed with food allergies (immune-mediated food hypersensitivities) and intolerances (non-immune mediated hypersensitivities). Legislation in many countries and regions of the world requires the presence of those substances that trigger food hypersensitivity reactions to be labelled on prepacked foods, and increasingly there is also a mandatory requirement to provide allergen information for foods sold loose, for example in food service settings and delicatessens.

Allergen legislation, as with all food law, is amended from time to time. In the US for example, sesame is added to the list of major food allergens from 1 January 2023. In the UK, legislation on provision of allergen information for prepacked for direct sale foods (i.e. those foods prepacked prior to the consumer selecting or ordering them, and that have been packaged at the same place from where they are sold) is enforced from 1 October 2021.

In addition, many businesses want to make ‘free-from’ allergen claims for their products, and ‘precautionary allergen labelling’ (PAL) may be a consideration to indicate the possible presence of unintentional ingredients that people may be allergic to.

Our Regulatory Affairs team can help you make sure that you are providing compliant allergen information as well as accurate 'precautionary allergen labelling' and 'free from' claims for your products - please contact our Regulatory Affairs team:

Download our free allergen labelling white paper on requirements for products marketed in the EU and UK.

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