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New standards for food allergen labelling

By Marco Delpopolo @just_marco23

Are you one of the people who lives with their EpiPen at the ready?

Well the food allergy authorities are coming to the rescue.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand, which is known as FSANZ, has told food manufacturers that they need to make their food allergen advice more consistent and clear. 

These changes will include allergen information to be in a specific format and location and the use of plain and simple language.

We spoke to Sandra at the local supermarket about the changes and she had this to say “as a person with a food allergy, it’s good to know I won’t be standing in the aisles for hours looking for that advice anymore”.

FSANZ CEO Mark Booth has said: “The changes will help consumers to read and interpret allergen information more quickly and easily.”

These new standards came into effect on March 25, 2021, but manufacturers will have a three-year transition period.

This comes as good news to people with food allergies and intolerances as now it will be much easier to make more informed and safer food choices.

Featured image: Good news for people with food allergies. Photo: Nick Youngson/alphastockimages/CC

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