The EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers (FIC) came into force on 13 December 2014. It brought about a major change to the way food information must be provided in shops and restaurants.

Among the many changes include new rules about highlighting allergens in the list of ingredients on pre-packed foods. The new information rules don’t only apply to packaged foods. Food business operators who provide food sold loose, such as meals served in restaurants, schools, airlines etc. also need to accurately declare which allergenic ingredients are present in the foods they sell.

We can support you with:

  • Food labelling requirements
  • Substantiating free-from claims
  • Environmental swabbing
  • Manufacturing facility allergen risk assessments and control plans
  • Guidance on sampling protocols to help validate controls

We hold UKAS flexible scope for ELISA and PCR techniques and can test a broad range of sample matrices, including cooked and raw food products, ingredients and environmental swabs for process monitoring.

Using the latest analytical techniques we can test for all 14 allergens subjected to mandatory labelling under the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation.

Allergens

  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Soybeans (soya)
  • Milk
  • Crustaceans
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Mustard
  • Eggs
  • Sesame
  • Lupin
  • Fish
  • Celery (celeriac)
  • Molluscs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts

We can also test for chestnut, kiwi and pine nuts.

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