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Food allergen labelling changes

As you may know from 13th December 2014 the EU will introduce a new piece of legislation called the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC).

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The regulation will change the way allergen information appears on food labels and on food that is pre-packed, sold loose or served when you are eating outside of the home.

The changes are:

  • Any of the 14 allergens that are on the regulatory list will be emphasised on the label, if they are used as ingredients in a pre-packaged food. 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 on pre-packed food. 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.