Land of confusion

Allergy season may be approaching but, as Kate Miller discovers, following a number of recent high-profile cases of anaphylaxis there’s an altogether more serious issue which health food stores should be aware of: food allergen labelling (more…)

January 22, 2019 Continue Reading
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Free-from soups from Free and Easy

Free and Easy has launched a range of Soil Association-certified organic soups, free from the 14 most common allergens, including wheat, gluten, dairy, nuts and soya. Suitable for vegans, the new offer comprises seven varieties: Broccoli & Kale; Butternut Squash & Ginger; Carrot & Coconut; Lentil & Red Pepper; Pea & Mint; Sweet Potato & […]

May 31, 2017 Continue Reading
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Charity urges serious allergy sufferers to be cautious with free-from foods

The serious allergy sufferers charity, The Anaphylaxis Campaign, has highlighted the confusion consumers sometimes have over the difference foods marketed as ‘free-from’ and those carrying a ‘may contain’ label – indicating that they may be at risk of contamination from certain allergens.  To explain the differences as well as highlight some of the risks involved, […]

June 29, 2015 Continue Reading

World Perfumery Congress highlights allergen concerns

Following the publication by the EU Commission of its proposed measures to enhance consumer protection from potential fragrance allergens, the World Perfumery Congress presented the topic of allergens as one of its main focuses. The event, which took place in June in Deauville, France, gathered over 1,000 industry experts from around the world. Under the […]

September 17, 2014 Continue Reading

BHA counts cost of new EU food allergen regs

According to the British Hospitality Association (BHA), the cost to businesses to implement new EU Food Information Regulations could be up to £200 million per year. The new regulations, which come into effect on 13 December, require catering businesses, including restaurants and cafes, to accurately track, record and communicate what menu items contain any of […]

September 2, 2014 Continue Reading

Prue Leith criticizes new EU allergen regs

Speaking about the new allergen rules within the EU Food Information Regulation which come into effect in December, cookery writer and TV presenter Prue Leith has said that they will be a “bureaucratic nightmare” for small cafés and restaurants. The new regulations require food businesses to provide information on the presence of 14 allergens that […]

June 17, 2014 Continue Reading

Awards launch to celebrate free-from eating

This month sees the launch of the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards organised by the team behind the FoodsMatter website. The awards are designed to celebrate free-from menu offerings and good allergen awareness, as well as to raise awareness of the opportunities offered to food service providers by the growing number of people wanting free-from options. […]

May 27, 2014 Continue Reading

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