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New advice for people with food allergies

Advice for people with food allergies has been updated, prior to new rules on allergen labelling being introduced.

New regulations will mean that information about allergenic ingredients will be made available for non-prepacked as well as prepacked foods. This is to make information clearer and more consistent for consumers.

These new rules on food allergen labelling will apply from 13 December 2014.

“You may already notice differences in the way that allergenic ingredients are presented within the ingredients list of prepacked foods as businesses prepare themselves for the change,” says a spokesman for the UK Food Standards Agency.

To help consumers understand these changes, the Food Standards Agency has reissued its advice for food allergic consumers, after working in collaboration with Allergy UK, the Anaphylaxis Campaign, British Dietetic Association, British Retail Consortium, British Nutrition Foundation, Coeliac UK and the Food and Drink Federation.

Click here to read the advice.

Food allergy myths

An online tool aimed at dispelling myths about food allergy and intolerance has been launched on the NHS Choices website, with
the help of the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The tool, developed in conjunction with FSA allergy experts, looks at common misconceptions about food allergies and intolerances and sorts the facts from fiction. It tackles topics including:-

• the differences between allergies and intolerances
• whether you can ‘outgrow’ allergies and intolerances
• the use of home-test kits
• whether allergies and intolerances can be cured

This myth-buster tool provides information in an easy-to-use format and I challenge everyone to have a go on it and see how much they really know about allergy, says Sue Hattersley, head of the FSA’s Allergy Branch.

A number of surveys have found that 20%-30% of people claim to have a food allergy. However, an FSA report in 2008 estimated that only 5-8% of children and 1-2% of adults really do have a food allergy.

The allergy tool can be found here.