All food ingredients to be listed for allergy sufferers

by Keith -

foodToday, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has proposed that all food outlets should list the ingredients of their foods, to protect customers with allergies.

Ministers are being encouraged to introduce strict rules, which include highlighting the main 14 allergens.

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This news comes after the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who tragically died after eating a sandwich from Pret a Manger which she later discovered contained sesame seeds – an ingredient that wasn’t listed on her sandwiches’ label. Pret a Manger said it supports the new recommendations.

FSA chairwoman, Heather Hancock, explained that they’d chosen to recommend these strict rules as they understand that “ultimately, this is a life-threatening issue for a proportion of the population”.

The rules are very confusing right now, but they essentially stipulate that fresh food does not have to adhere to the same standards of ingredient labelling as pre-packaged food.

The government commented, “We are working at pace to bring forward legislation that ensures food allergy suffers can feel safe and secure.”

Many food allergies can cause a serious anaphylactic attack. This can be life-threatening if an injection of adrenaline (often known as an Epi-Pen) is not given straight away, and urgent medical attention is given.

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