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25 Oct 2014

Food allergies

EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation.

On 13 December 2014, new legislation (the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation 1169/2011) will make changes to existing legislation on – amongst other things - labelling allergenic ingredients in pre-packed foods. The new regulation brings EU rules on general and nutrition labelling together into a single regulation to simplify and consolidate existing labelling legislation.

ISC was contacted by a member school seeking advice on how to provide this information. In response to ISC’s correspondence, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed that they “cannot stipulate how schools should provide allergenic ingredient information but any system will have to be able to support the provision of accurate and consistent information on allergenic ingredients. For secondary schools and colleges where food is chosen by pupils, allergen information will need to be provided at the point where the choice of food is made. However [in] infant and junior schools, systems will need to be put in place to ensure that children with food allergies are served food that is safe for them."

The FSA also suggested that schools may find the following links useful:
The Food Information Regulations 2014
Advice on food allergen labelling
Allergy: what to consider when labelling food
Food allergen labelling and information requirements under the EU Food

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