Thursday 4th July 2019
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board decided in May 2019 to recommend to ministers the adoption of full ingredient list labelling, with allergens emphasised on products pre-packed for direct sale.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign submitted the following comment to the FSA Board meeting on 19th June;
‘The Anaphylaxis Campaign welcomes the board’s decision to recommend to minsters full ingredient labelling on food prepacked for direct sale, with the 14 FIR allergens highlighted. However, we would like to call for greater resources to made available to local authorities responsible for enforcement. Without strong enforcement there is a risk that this positive change in the regulation could led to weak compliance and a greater risk to food allergic individuals.’
The FSA board have responded positively to our comment;
‘We are aware that local authorities are under increasing financial pressure and are making difficult decisions about the prioritisation of resources. As part of our programme of work on allergens, we will be engaging with local authority colleagues to ensure that a robust system of official controls can be delivered effectively and to ensure that they have the necessary guidance and support to achieve this as efficiently as possible.’
You can watch the full board meeting on the FSA website here – https://www.food.gov.uk/other/fsa-board-meeting-june-2019