‘Labelling rules in European Directives 2003/89/EC and 2006/142/EC ensure that all consumers are given comprehensive ingredient listing information and make it easier for people with food allergies to identify ingredients they need to avoid. However, following implementation of the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011, allergen labelling rules will be changing in December 2014.
The new regulation, which was published in October 2011, will build on current allergen labelling provisions for prepacked foods and will introduce a new requirement for allergen information to be provided for foods sold non-packed or prepacked for direct sale. The three year transition period allows businesses to make the necessary changes to their processes and labelling designs in order to meet the provisions laid out in the legislation.’
The EU FIC will bring general and nutrition labelling together into a single regulation to simplify and consolidate existing labelling legislation.
It’s good news for consumers too. These changes will provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way; making it easier for you to make safer food choices when buying food.
Kaputino® have been working for months prior to the introduction of the new labelling legislation to ensure the management and compliance of our labelling meets the required standards.
What the new rules will bring.
Fourteen major allergens identified
Fourteen major allergens will be highlighted on the label within the ingredients list.
• cereals containing gluten
• crustaceans, for example prawns, crabs, lobster and crayfish
• nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, cashew and macadamia (Queensland) nuts
• celery (and celeriac)
• sulphur dioxide, which is a preservative found in some dried fruit
• molluscs, for example clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid
Allergens will be emphasised
Food businesses can choose what method they want to use to emphasise these 14 allergens on their product labels. For example, this could be done by listing them in bold, contrasting colours and underlining.
Some may also use an allergy advice statement on their products to explain this, for example:
Allergy Advice: for allergens including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold or Allergy Advice: for allergens, see ingredients in bold and other similar types of statements.
All ingredients information in one location
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.
Further guidance and information can be found in the Advice on Food Allergen labelling’ leaflet from the FSA downloadable here as a PDF
Food allergen labelling – FSA