Food Standards Agency
FSA backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food
The Food Standards Agency advises more extensive food labelling and sets out new priorities to protect food hypersensitive consumers.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that increased allergen information should be provided on pre-packed direct sale food to give consumers greater confidence in the food they eat.
The Board also set out key priorities identified as part of an ambition to make the UK the best place for food hypersensitive consumers, which includes those with food allergy and intolerance.
At a public meeting, the Board agreed on advice for Ministers that full ingredient labelling should be mandatory for all pre-packed food for direct sale.
The FSA agrees with allergic consumers that full ingredient labelling would deliver a significant improvement, and greater consistency by following the same labelling system that consumers are familiar with, as found on packaged food.
The Food Standards Agency Chair, Heather Hancock yesterday said:
'Food allergies and intolerance affects millions of people and its impact can be as big or bigger than almost all other foodborne diseases.
'That is why we have concluded that more extensive food labelling is the right outcome to provide greater protection for consumers but introduced in a way that we can be confident will work.
'While it is impossible to eliminate the risks entirely, we consider that this change along with other measures we are prioritising will deliver more effective protection for allergic consumers.'
The Board also agreed that the department should lead on a range of work to promote and accelerate the sharing of best practice across the industry and improve awareness in businesses and the public.
The decision by the Board will be the basis for the formal advice provided to Ministers who will take the final decision.
‘Prepacked foods for direct sale’ are foods that have been packed on the same premises from which they are being sold. For example, a packaged sandwich or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed on a shelf for purchase.
Currently, these foods are not required to carry labels and information on allergens, as it is expected that the customer can speak with the person who made or packed the product for this information.
Latest News from
Food Standards Agency
Speakers announced for FSA social science event10/10/2019 10:47:00
Symposium of Social Science speaker line-up announced.
FSA September 2019 Board meeting now available online24/09/2019 10:25:00
A recording of the September 2019 Board meeting is now available.
Review of bio-based food contact materials published20/09/2019 10:25:00
The safety of bio-based food contact materials has been examined in a new report produced for the FSA.
Peanut allergies affected by exercise and sleep deprivation, new study finds18/09/2019 10:25:00
FSA funded research has found that exercise and sleep deprivation can put people with a peanut allergy at greater risk of a reaction.
New Chair appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food12/09/2019 13:37:00
Chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Heather Hancock has announced the appointment of Professor Bill Keevil as independent Chair to the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF).
Food allergen labelling changes become law05/09/2019 15:48:00
New law introduced to extend labelling requirements for people with food allergies and intolerances.
FSA Board meeting papers published for September 201905/09/2019 11:43:00
The agenda and papers for the September Board meeting have been published.
FSA publishes latest annual report on local authority food law enforcement04/09/2019 15:05:00
The FSA yesterday published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the year ending March 2019.