Food Standards Agency (FSA) announces new plans to enhance protection for people with food allergies and intolerances
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board have confirmed a series of new measures to protect those with food allergies and intolerances.
The measures were discussed as part of their quarterly Board meeting on Wednesday 18 September in Belfast.
The actions include:
- issuing a clear and easy to follow aide-memoire for enforcement officers (Environmental Health Officers and Trading Standards Officers) which is focused specifically on the action they should be taking within business in relation to food allergies.
- publishing an urgent update of the highly-regarded ‘Safer Food Better Business’ guide, including a review of on the allergens information included
at the end of the year.
- launching of an awareness campaign to remind businesses and consumers about how to keep people with food allergies safe.
- implementation of a pilot project to develop better reporting of allergic reactions.
- The Board stressed their commitment to supporting food businesses to keep consumers safe, and to develop a greater understanding of food allergens through further research, which would make a significant improvement to people’s lives in this area.
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