Food allergen risk analysis and action levels: guidance from Campden BRI

Posted: 14 August 2013 | Campden BRI | No comments yet

New guidance from Campden BRI will help food and drink manufacturers…

New guidance from Campden BRI will help food and drink manufacturers assess the risk of allergen contamination to their products and communicate this effectively and meaningfully to their consumers.

Some 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children have been reported to have a true food allergy. Very small amounts of an allergenic foodstuff can cause a severe or even fatal reaction, so food-allergic individuals adopt strict avoidance diets to prevent the consumption of food allergens. Family, friends and care-givers are also likely to adopt restrictive diets. It is therefore vitally important that correct allergen information is conveyed to consumers. A major component of this is to accurately communicate the risk of cross-contamination with allergens to the consumer – precautionary ‘may contain’ labelling, so that their food choices and those of their family and friends are not unnecessarily restricted.

Food allergens: practical risk analysis, testing and action levels (Guideline 71) gives an overview of allergen management with reference to food safety management systems, including a systematic approach to aid identification of risk factors. General information is also provided on allergen testing. It then discusses the risks in relation to threshold levels – the smallest amount of an allergen likely to have a significant effect on the majority of allergic consumers – and the need or otherwise to include precautionary labelling on the food package.

For further information, contact Kristina Booker ([email protected] +44(0)1386 842048).

Campden BRI ( provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive “farm to fork” range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety, training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine division.

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