Food allergens – new regulations for the vending industry

Food labelling rules ensure that all consumers are given comprehensive ingredient listing information and make it easier for people with food allergies to identify ingredients they need to avoid.  Allergen labelling rules will be changing this year.

On 13 December 2014, new food labelling legislation will require food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged, in for example catering outlets, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars. There will also be changes to existing legislation on labelling allergenic ingredients in prepacked foods. 

There will be a three year transition period which will allow businesses to make the necessary changes to their processes and labelling designs in order to meet the provisions laid out in the legislation.

The changes will have an impact on the vending industry and the UK’s Automatic Vending Association (AVA) are taking steps to advise the industry on the steps to be taken to ensure compliance.

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