The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a consultation to gather views on precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) and the provision of precautionary allergen information on many types of food sold in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
The consultation is open to all stakeholders, from food businesses to schools, to trade bodies and consumers and covers topics including:
- The provision of precautionary allergen information to consumers
- Improving guidance and advice for businesses on how and when to use the labelling
- Ensuring compliance with regulations; and standardising risk-analysis for allergen cross-contamination.
The feedback received will assist the FSA in considering potential approaches for precautionary allergen labelling for prepacked foods and precautionary allergen information for non-prepacked foods, so that the information is:
- Communicated more clearly and consistently, in an understandable and meaningful way to consumers, in terms of the form and content of the information
- Based on a proportionate and standardised processes for assessing, managing, and communicating the risk of allergen cross-contamination by food businesses
More detailed information can be found on the Precautionary Allergen Labelling consultation page.
The consultation will be open until 14th March 2022 and the FSA aims to publish a summary of responses within 3 months after this date.