At the beginning of December, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a consultation to gather views from businesses and consumers on precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) and information.
At a recent FSA led meeting, the BFFF was informed that there had been almost 2000 responses to date. Great you might think? – until you realise that the majority of those, around 87% in fact, were from the public.
The FSA is aware that precautionary allergen labels such as ‘may contain’ can be problematic for both businesses and consumers so to understand how they can improve the use of PAL most effectively for all, they really do need to hear from industry. This is your chance to have your say and put the industry perspective forward!
The consultation survey can be completed online 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
- standardising risk-analysis for allergen cross-contamination.
More detailed information can be found on the Precautionary Allergen Labelling consultation page along with a link to the consultation itself.
Note: The FSA would prefer you respond to the consultation online. However, if this is not possible, please let firstname.lastname@example.org know, as the BFFF have been provided with the survey in a word format document which can then be emailed to them at email@example.com
The consultation will be open until 14th March 2022.