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Is Your Business Ready For The New Food Labelling Legislation?

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Changes to EU food labelling laws will be coming into force from 13th December 2014 meaning all suppliers providing food and drink products will have to provide full allergy information to consumers. This new European legislation will be enforced in the UK by Trading Standards and failure to comply could lead to prosecutions. The aim is to help provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way so customers know exactly what they are consuming.

What are the changes?

• If any of the 14 allergens that are on the regulatory list are in any way contained within the pre-packaged food product, this will need to be clearly stated on the label.

• All information about allergenic ingredients will have to be located in one place. This will mean the voluntary use of the existing types of allergy boxes that offer a short cut to allergen information will no longer be allowed.

• At present, bakeries, delis, cafes and any other business that sells loose foods without packaging are not required to provide this information, this will now change and food containing any of the 14 allergens will need to have the relevant information provided.

• The new legislation will mean everyone in the supply chain must make sure obligatory information is accessible on the food labeling or in commercial documents so that those further down the supply chain can meet the requirements.

What are the 14 allergens?
• eggs
• milk
• fish
• crustaceans (for example crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, prawn)
• molluscs (for example mussels, oysters, squid)
• peanuts
• tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazils, pistachios, macadamia nuts or Queensland nuts)
• sesame seeds
• cereals containing gluten (wheat (such as spelt, Khorasan wheat/Kamut), rye, barley, oats, or their hybridised strains).
• soya
• celery and celeriac
• mustard
• lupin
• sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at concentration of more than ten parts per million)

What do you need?
In order to help your business comply with this new legislation we have put together a list of top essentials that will make the transition quick and efficient in order for your business to be ready for the deadline date.

Contains Nuts Label Labels
Labels and the way information is communicated is going to play a huge part in the new legislation, we stock a large range of labels covering a wealth of purposes in a choice of dissolvable, removable or standard options.

Contains nuts
These low tack, wipeable labels ensure the accurate identification of products containing nuts. Presented in a handy dispenser box, they are microwave and freezer proof making them incredibly versatile.

Gluten Free
Available in boxes of 1000, these removable labels will help customers with gluten intolerance easily identify whether a food product is suitable for them. The labels feature a high quality adhesive for easy removal that leaves no unwanted residue.

Allergy List Label
Allergen List Label
These allergen list labels are perfect for complying with the new legislation. Easily identify potential allergens within any meal, letting your customers know that food has been prepared with their allergies in mind.

Dispensers
Vogue Label Dispenser  Labelling products can be a massive task, a dispenser will reduce your application time considerably, making the labelling process quick and easy. This plastic dispenser by Vogue is suitable for single 1 inch labels. It features a hard transparent shell which protects the label roll from any kitchen mess, as well as a light frame which can easily be fixed to the wall. It is also available in a 2 inch model to fit the allergy list labels.

By Eva Parks

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