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Food Allergen Legislation

Make sure you are compliant with the latest food allergy legislation with our frequently asked questions.

  • What allergy information has to be on a food label?

    The 14 allergens defined in FIR regulations should be emphasised on ingredients lists, this is usually done by making them bold. Where the ingredient isn't clear as to what allergen is relates to, this additional information should be included in brackets, for example Whey (milk).

  • What are the required label elements?

    Pre-packaged food needs to have an ingredients list that emphasises allergenic ingredients, for example by making them bold. If there is a risk of cross-contamination in the production process, the packaging needs to say that it ‘may contain x’ or is ‘not suitable for someone with x allergy’.

    Learn more about Natasha's Law, which was introduced in October 2021 as legislation that all pre-packaged food must include an ingredients list with allergies clearly labelled, with our online blog.

  • Which products made from allergenic ingredients do not need to be declared as allergens?

    Some products, like a bottle of wine, are not required to provide an ingredients list. However, any allergenic ingredients within this product must still be declared using a ‘contains’ statement followed by the name of the allergenic substances.

  • Who does the food information regulations apply to?

    Food information regulations apply to the manufacturers and suppliers of food products. They apply to anyone that operates a food business, even if that food was given to customers for free, though they don’t apply for businesses that provide food at an occasional event, like a village fair.