In Autumn 2018, DEFRA committed to review the framework on allergen labelling in the UK. A consultation has now been launched, which proposes a number of options for amending allergen information provisions, specifically for food prepacked for direct sale (although respondents have also been asked whether the government should also review other types of food, as set out further in the article).
The consultation closes on 29 March. Individuals, businesses, consumer groups and enforcement authorities have been invited to respond and confirm which of the proposed four options (individually or in combination) are preferred. We summarise the current legal framework that applies to the provision of allergen information and the proposals under the consultation. We also consider whether other changes to allergen labelling are likely in coming months and the possible effects of Brexit.