Friday 3rd May 2019
The Food Standards Agency has today released the agenda and paper on food allergies and intolerances for their Board’s Extraordinary meeting on 8 May 2019.
The paper; Food Hypersensitivity and The Government’s Allergen Labelling Review asks the board to Review and endorse the programme of work delivered and planned by the FSA to protect food hypersensitive consumers. Provide strategic direction on the priorities for the FSA in protecting food hypersensitive consumers and indicate areas of particular importance to the Board. Consider the analysis of responses to the Allergen Labelling Review on Pre-Packed for Direct Sale food and to determine the Board’s advice to Ministers about acting on the outcome of the Review.
From the papers we learn that 1,675 individuals, 126 business, 83 public sector bodies and 24 non-governmental organisations responded to the consulation on allergen information on products pre-packed for direct sale.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign welcomes the timely response from the FSA and hopes that a positive outcome will emerge for allergic consumers who we believe must be able to make informed decisions and to assess risk and self-manage their condition when eating out.
Lynne Regent, CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign will be attending the board meeting next week and we will keep our members updated on the outcome.
You can access the papers here – https://www.food.gov.uk/about-us/fsa-board-meeting-may-2019