Lupin added to mandatory allergen labelling

Lupin has been added to the list of 9 allergens that must be declared on food labels, following consideration by ministers responsible for food regulation.

Food allergen labelling
Food Standards Australia New Zealand allergen labelling

Lupin has been added to the list of 9 allergens that must be declared on food labels, following consideration by ministers responsible for food regulation. Food businesses have 12 months from 25 May 2017 to meet the requirements.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) CEO Mark Booth said Australia and New Zealand have among the highest prevalence of allergic disorders in the developed world so it’s critical that food businesses get their allergen labelling right.

Food business owners are responsible for understanding and meeting mandatory allergen labelling requirements.

“Some foods and food ingredients or their components can cause severe allergic reactions including anaphylaxis. This is why there are mandatory allergen labelling requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

The ten foods/ingredients that must be declared are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish and shellfish, soy, wheat and now lupin. These ingredients must be declared on the food label whenever they are present as ingredients or as components of food additives or processing aids.

Mr Booth said if the food is not in a package or is not required to have a label (for example, food prepared at and sold from a takeaway shop), allergen information must either be displayed in connection with the food or provided to the purchaser if requested.

For more, visit the Allergen Labelling page on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website (external site)

Reproduced with permission of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

Further facts about food allergy and lupin allergy, along with patient support information and resources, are available from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) website (external site).

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