Controversial provisions for voluntary allergen labelling could become legally incorporated within the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIC), according to a leading expert in the field.
The precautionary labelling would be based on allergic reaction thresholds, drawing on ‘action levels’ that Europe's food industry plans to use to ensure safe factory production and inform allergen labelling of products. That's according to René C revel, science leader allergy and immunology with Unilever.
Progress on the adoption of the thresholds is expected as soon as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) publishes its opinion following a review into the latest allergen research, said Crevel.
“Should [EFSA] choose not to produce an opinion specifically on this particular problem, we should try to move forward based on the general science and industry agreement,” said Crevel, who also chairs the food allergy taskforce of the European branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). ...
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