Amending allergen information provisions contained within domestic food information legislation for food prepacked for direct sale

We welcome stakeholder views on proposed changes to the provision of allergen information on food prepacked for direct sale. This consultation is jointly developed by the Food Standards Agency in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Food Standards Scotland, DEFRA and the Department for Health and Social Care.

About this consultation

This consultation will be of most interest to: 

  • consumers with a food allergy, food intolerance and coeliac disease 
  • patient groups 
  • industry organisations 
  • enforcement authorities 

Subject of the consultation 

This consultation provides four policy options to improve the provision of allergen information to consumers on foods which are prepacked for direct sale. 

Purpose of the consultation 

To provide interested parties with the opportunity to comment and feedback on the proposed changes to the domestic Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR) (England) and parallel FIR regulations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These relate to allergen information for foods that are prepacked for direct sale to the consumer. 

FSA Explains

'Prepacked foods for direct sale' are foods that have been packed on the same premises from which they are being sold, for example a packaged sandwich or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed on a shelf for purchase. Currently, these foods are not required to carry labels and information on allergens, as it is expected that the customer can speak with the person who made or packed the product for this information. 

Consultation pack 

Read the consultation pack and find out how to respond.  

Publication of response summary

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Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.