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Allergy UK welcomes FSA announcement on food labelling

Allergy UK today welcomes the announcement by the Food Standards Agency that increased allergen information should be provided on pre-packed direct sale food. CEO Carla Jones says: “We are delighted with the news that the FSA backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food and will be recommending this measure to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. At Allergy UK we believe that the food industry needs to do more than just the bare minimum when it comes to catering for the allergic community.

“In the UK, about ten people die every year from food-induced anaphylaxis, there are also about 1,500 asthma deaths, some of which might be triggered by food allergy. For those at greatest risk, the tiniest trace of food allergen can trigger severe symptoms and, in some cases, cause fatal or near-fatal symptoms. This move towards full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food will improve the lives of the allergic customer and is one that very much welcome here at Allergy UK.”

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