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29 June 2015

FDF launches gluten labelling guide

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A new guide has been launched to support food manufacturers on the labelling of food products containing gluten.

The Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a new best practice guide to help manufacturers adhere to the Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation and to provide consumers with clear and consistent allergens labelling. The FIC Regulation brought changes to the way allergen information is provided and emphasised on pre-packaged foods.

'Gluten Labelling Best Practice: How to label pre-packaged foods which include cereals containing gluten' has been developed by the FDF with support from Coeliac UK, Anaphylaxis Campaign and the British Retail Consortium. This best practice has been produced to illustrate examples of the usual as well as some of the more challenging labelling situations of gluten containing foods, and it also covers claims for gluten-free foods. Special consideration is also given to oats and wheat.

Director of Regulation, Science & Health at the Food and Drink Federation, Barbara Gallani said:

“As consumers are increasingly seeking clear information about various allergenic ingredients within the foods they purchase, it is important that food manufacturers provide labels that are legally compliant and make it easier for consumers to find and understand allergen information so they can make safer food choices. By following a best-practice approach, we hope that this new guide will help manufacturers of all sizes make informed labelling decisions with regard to cereals containing gluten.”

CEO for Coeliac UK, Sarah Sleet, said: "The Charity supports the new best practice guidance for the industry and the introduction of an approach to limit the use of 'may contain gluten' statements on packaged foods which will be welcomed by everyone with coeliac disease.”

Note to Editors:

  • The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector
  • The free guide is available on the FDF website
  • Coeliac UK is the oldest and largest coeliac disease charity in the world and has been working for people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis since 1968
  • Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity operating solely for the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
  • The British Retail Consortium leads the industry and works with its members to shape debates and influence issues and opportunities that will help make that positive difference. They care about the careers of people who work in the industry, the communities retail touches and competitiveness as a fundamental principle of the industry's success – its 3Cs

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