Food Standards Scotland launches food allergy alert service
The service gives the option to receive specific alerts about issues involving any of the key 14 allergens.
Food allergies are becoming increasingly common, and recent consumer research commissioned by Food Standards Scotland shows that 15% of people surveyed either have a food allergy themselves or have someone in their household with a food allergy.
Food Standards Scotland has launched a new food allergy alert service where people in Scotland can sign up for text or email alerts. They are then first to know when there is an issue with missing or incorrect allergen information on food labels.
People can subscribe to the free service on the Food Standards Scotland website. The service gives the option to receive specific alerts about issues involving any of the 14 ingredients, which must be mentioned as allergens on food and drink packaging in the UK.
Information about the presence of the 14 allergens also needs to be available to consumers for food and drink products sold in restaurants, cafes and takeaways and loosely from deli counters, as well as premises selling food which has been packed on site such as boxed salads or packaged sandwiches.
Head of Food Standards Scotland’s Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit, Ron McNaughton, said:
“Food allergies can significantly impact people’s quality of life, and Food Standards Scotland is here to make sure people with food allergies or intolerances have the information they need to make informed choices.
“We’re pleased the World Allergy Organization is putting the global problem of food allergies in the spotlight with World Allergy Week.”
Nurse Advisor at Allergy UK, Holly Shaw, said:
“Making safe choices is an important part of day-to-day living with a food allergy.
“Alert services like this are a great way of communicating information that enable the food allergic person to stay informed and safe.”