Precautionary Allergen Labelling

The probability of contamination in products and the risk arising from it should be taken into consideration by food business operators. Manufacturers are required to conduct a full and thorough risk assessment before deciding whether a precautionary allergen statement is required on certain products due to unintended allergen presence. Essential allergen management guidance for food manufacturers is available from both the FSA and FDE. [FSA Guidance on Allergen Management and Consumer Information (2006) & FDE Guidance on Food Allergen Management for Food Manufacturers (2013)]

The examples on the next page suggest possible ways of labelling the food products in case of unintended presence of gluten-containing cereals. Although it is not mandatory to highlight the allergens in the precautionary allergen label it is acceptable to do so.

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Last reviewed: 18 Jun 2015