The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced its support for mandatory ingredients labelling for food which is pre-packed for direct sale. The decision follows a consultation paper issued in January 2019. The consultation sought views on four options:
• Promoting best practice measures.
• Mandating ‘ask the staff’ labels’ with supporting written information.
• Mandating name of the food and 14 allergens emphasised.
• Mandating full ingredient labelling with 14 allergens emphasised
Despite considerable opposition from businesses, public sector bodies and NGOs, the FSA has backed the fourth option favoured by allergic consumers. Full ingredient labelling would, according to the FSA, deliver a significant improvement and greater consistency by following the same labelling system as found on packaged food.
The FSA decision will form the basis for the formal advice to Ministers who will take the final decision about whether to legislate to make full ingredient labelling mandatory for food pre-packed for direct sale.If you have any questions on the issues discussed, please contact Jagdeep Tiwana