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Food Standards Agency to undertake research on provision of allergen information in pubs

By Lesley Foottit , 07-Dec-2012
Last updated on 07-Dec-2012 at 11:02 GMT2012-12-07T11:02:36Z

Ingredients: allergen information must be available

Ingredients: allergen information must be available

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is undertaking research to determine what allergen information is being provided for loose foods prior to EU regulation.

The study will assess what information is provided to consumers about allergenic ingredients that are sold as non pre-packed and pre-packed for direct sale. This will be done before a new EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation comes into force next December . The research will also provide advice to assist food businesses in adhering to the new regulation.

Under the new regulation, a food business will have to provide information to consumers if any of the following 14 allergens have been added to loose foods that they sell: peanuts, nuts, milk, soya, mustard, lupin, eggs, fish, molluscs, crustaceans, cereals containing gluten, sesame seeds, celery and sulphur dioxide.

More than 1,700 telephone interviews will be the basis of the research.

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