Food industry issues in the media

FSAI calls on businesses to strengthen allergen controls

Monday, 18 June 2012
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today called on food manufacturers to strengthen food allergen controls and labelling policies following an audit of compliance with allergen labelling legislation. ?Results of the FSAI audit revealed that the management and control of food allergens in some food businesses was insufficient to protect the health of people with food allergies or intolerances. The audit of a selection of small, medium and large food businesses showed that food allergen labelling was applied in an inconsistent and sometimes incorrect manner.
The audit, which involved unannounced site inspections of 12 food manufacturing businesses, is part of an ongoing review to determine both the level of compliance with food allergen labelling requirements and the level of control of allergenic ingredients through documented protocols and procedures. Food businesses visited included bakeries, chocolate manufacturers, convenience foods and snack producers, as well as meat and fish establishments.? The FSAI