The food industry must state if any of the 14 main allergens are contained in a food product. But, where there is a risk of cross-contamination where the food is prepared, they will add a precautionary allergen label, such as “may contain”. This can be on prepacked foods, such as chocolate or biscuits, and even loose foods, such as the ingredients used in restaurants.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is looking at how to make this information clearer and more consistent for the consumer. It has to be something that food businesses can implement, and it has to keep consumers safe without unnecessarily limiting their food choice.
Please take part in this important survey, and let the FSA hear your thoughts on how food labelling should be improved.