A report entitled: “Baseline Study on the Provision of Allergy Information to Consumers for Foods which are not prepacked” has been produced for the FSA.
The focus of this 166 page report is on the provision, by food businesses, of information on allergens for consumers for foods not prepacked. The study was commissioned to provide baseline information on business practices prior to the introduction of new EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) No.1169/2011 and the provisions that will apply from December 2014.
The primary aim of the study was to ascertain the prevalence and type of information currently provided on allergenic ingredients in foods not prepacked. Specific objectives included:
· To understand the current provision of information on allergenic ingredients in foods not prepacked by food businesses. This information will establish a baseline. A follow-up study post 2014 will assess compliance with the regulations once in force.
· To explore why information currently is/or is not provided and the (potential) barriers that prevent/could prevent information on allergenic ingredients being provided and whether this is influenced by business characteristics such as the size or type of business.
· To identify whether food businesses check ingredients from suppliers
· To identify food business awareness of the new allergen information requirements for foods not prepacked foods
· To identify perceived barriers to compliance with the new law.
· To assess the support food businesses may require to comply with new regulations
· To assess awareness of the current guidance on food allergen information provision among food businesses.
· To identify the source of guidance used (whether from FSA, LA or other sources).
· To identify the prevalence and type of information currently provided by food businesses about cross contamination with food allergens (“may contain” information).
· To identify the prevalence and type of information currently provided by food businesses in relation to ‘free-from’ claims.
Download the full report here.