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FSA updates Allergen Guidance

The Food Standards Agency has updated its Technical Guidance on Food allergen labelling. This includes details of the new labelling requirements for Food Prepared for Direct Sale ( PPDS).

Although the requirements don’t come into force until October 2021 the aim is to give food businesses time to prepare e.g where applicable to use up old labels and develop new ones.

The changes were introduced after an earlier UK-wide consultation following the case of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering an allergic reaction to sesame in a baguette she had eaten.

Emily Miles, chief executive of the FSA, said: “Consistent and accurate labelling can be life-saving for those living with a food allergy or hypersensitivity. These new measures are vital as they provide information to hypersensitive consumers in a form that is familiar and convenient for them.

“Food businesses and enforcement authorities need to be ready for the rules coming into effect in October 2021 which the updated technical guidance on food allergen labelling will help them to do.”

Click here to read the updated Technical Guidance from the FSA. To download an Allergen Table for your business or for more information on the 14 major allergens, visit the NCASS Allergen Hub.