As an industry we are a major contributor of taxes and employment to the UK economy, in return our various government agencies, and I am not bothered who, should be collating this data from around the world, and making it available free of charge to the food industry who can then use their specification management systems and supplier approval management systems to filter what issues may be a food safety risk in their business.
The latest update is that Allergy Task Force findings are due in late 2012 and it is hoped that this will be a useful step towards identifying maximum allowable levels of allergens.
This should enable more consistent allergen advice on food specs and allergen labelling.
But businesses will need to start thinking now about the impact on their allergen management systems & supplier approval systems.
More information about the ILSI Food Allergen Task Force can be found by clicking here