CEO writes letter to The Times
Following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, we are calling for changes to the food labelling regulations as they apply to chains preparing high volumes of food on their individual sites. Currently the Food Information Regulations 2014 require food outlets preparing food on their own premises to give allergen information on signs, on shelves, or verbally, if the food is prepared on the same day in an onsite kitchen. We believe individual product labelling is the most effective way of communicating vital information for people with food allergies.
Our CEO Carla Jones wrote a letter to The Times expressing her view.
We are the leading national patient charity for people with allergy. Following the tragic death of 15-year old Natasha Epnan-Laperouse we are calling for an urgent review of the allergy labelling regulations for large chains preparing food on their premises. Under the current Food Information Regulations 2014 out of home food providers preparing food on the same day in an on-site kitchen must only make allergen information available on signs, on shelves, at tills or verbally, but are not required to label individual food lines with allergen information. Whilst this section of the Regulations may accommodate small and medium size businesses where, for example, sandwiches are made to order, we believe that it is totally inadequate for busy, large scale, fast turnover high street food businesses where individual product labelling is the most effective way of communicating vital information for people with food allergies. Over the last couple of years we have seen a number of fatal incidents caused solely by a lack of communication on the allergen content of food. While we acknowledge that those living with food allergy must be vigilant on their own behalf, the food industry as a whole must play its part in providing clear and accurate information on food labels and on menus. We believe that the current Regulations must change, so that foods prepared on site and displayed in the fixtures and chillers of large high street food businesses are clearly labelled with allergen information to help prevent further tragedies.