By Allergen Bureau

UK government progresses allergen labelling review

The UK Secretary of State, Michael Gove, has met with allergen groups and retailers to discuss proposed changes in the law around allergen labelling.

The roundtable meeting with allergy groups, specialists and industry stakeholders, to discuss options for the introduction of revised allergen labelling laws, included representatives from Allergy UK, the British Retail Consortium, the British Sandwich and Food to Go Association, as well as academics and clinicians.

Moves to review allergen labelling follow the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a sandwich purchased at a Pret A Manger store.

According to Michael Gove, the “review of allergen labelling rules is progressing well and the government is on track to bring forward proposals to change the law around the turn of the year”. He stressed that businesses do not need to wait for the law to change to do all they can to make sure consumers have the information they need to stay safe.

The full press release can be accessed on the UK government website.