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Updates to the Food Standard Agency’s Technical Guidance on food allergen labelling and information requirements

New legislation, which will come into force on 1 October 2021 will change the way in which food businesses in England are required to provide allergen information on prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food. There are proposed updates to the existing Technical Guidance on Food allergen labelling and information requirements to reflect these new legal requirements.

Who will this consultation be of most interest to?

  • Food Businesses that offer for sale prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food
    (See Annex B)
  • Food industry representative bodies
  • Enforcement authorities
  • Any other organisation or person wanting to know more about forthcoming changes to the legal requirements for the provision of allergen information for PPDS food.

What is the subject of this consultation?

The Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019 No. 1218) were laid before Parliament on 5 September 2019. These Regulations come into force on 1 October 2021 and will change the way in which food businesses in England are required to provide allergen information on prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food.

Separate equivalent legislation is planned in Wales and Northern Ireland. The subject of this consultation is proposed updates to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Technical Guidance on Food allergen labelling and information requirements under the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011 (the FSA Technical Guidance”). 

These updates are principally to reflect these new legal requirements, but we are also taking this opportunity to propose some technical/drafting updates. The updates to the guidance will apply in England and are expected to apply in Wales and Northern Ireland. The FSA would therefore welcome the views and comment of stakeholders in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What is the purpose of this consultation?

To seek the views and comment of stakeholders in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on proposed updates to the Technical Guidance.

Consultation pack

Allergen labelling technical guidance consultation
Food allergen labelling technical guidance - Draft consultation

Comments and views

Please send any comments and views to:

Duncan Harris
Regulatory Development and Professional Support Team
Food Policy Directorate

6th Floor, Clive House,
70 Petty France,
Westminster,
London,
SW1H 9EX

Tel:020 7276 8334
Email: duncan.harris@food.gov.uk

Publication of response summary

Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.

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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.