Food Allergen Labelling - Review of Requirements

March 14, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Proposal aims to make allergen labelling clearer for businesses and consumers

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on a proposal that will make allergen labelling requirements clearer to help both consumers and food businesses.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the Plain English Allergen Labelling Proposal will address a lack of regulatory clarity that has led to unclear wording on some food labels.

“At the moment, some food allergens must be declared on food labels whenever they are present as an ingredient, food additive or processing aid,” Mr Booth said.

“However, there are no requirements about how the declarations must be made.

“This is the first of two rounds of consultation on the proposal. It proposes possible changes to address the lack of clarity, including determining what terminology should be used.”

‘Simpler, clearer more easy to understand labels is the goal”.

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