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Food allergies

A food allergy occurs when a person's immune system reacts to allergens that are harmless to other people. Most food allergies are caused by peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish and shellfish, soy, lupin and wheat. These must be declared on the food label, whenever they are present in food as ingredients (or as components of food additives or processing aids), however small the amounts present. Read more at the links below.

We are working on a proposal to make allergen labelling requirements clearer. Read more about P1044 - Plain English Allergen Labelling.

You can read more information on Allergen labelling in the Consumer labelling section.

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