CIEH & TIFSIP to launch food allergen white paper

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and The Institute of Food Safety Integrity & Protection (TiFSiP) are due to launch a landmark white paper on food allergen labelling following calls from the food industry for greater clarity and guidance.   



The Food Information Regulations (FIRs 2014) came into effect in December 2014 and requires all food businesses to provide accurate information on allergenic ingredients in all types of food, both pre-packed and loose.   

Providing accurate information on allergenic ingredients is extremely important because it allows consumers with allergies to decide on which foods are safe for them to eat.   

However, the issue of ‘may contain’ labelling has been highlighted as an important issue by the industry at previous CIEH and TiFSiP events as its not only affects individual businesses but organisations are also having to consider what’s happening with the products they receive from an external supplier. 


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Over the past year, the CIEH and TiFSiP have been busy looking into this issue as well as speaking to the food industry around the key issues they face when it comes to highlighting possible traces of allergens in their food.  

This has culminated in the two organisations producing a white paper to be published on 1 September. The report will provide advice, guidance and best practice to food businesses around how they can better signpost on their food products what food allergens might be involved. 

The white paper will be made available on the CIEH and TiFSiP websites and will be further discussed at a breakfast briefing on 22 September at 15Hatfields, one of the most sustainable venues in London.  

Furthermore, TiFSiP is planning to host a surgery in October dedicated to the issue of food allergens where you will be given the opportunity to pose your technical questions on a range of subjects directly to a handpicked panel of experts. 

The food allergen surgery will be of interest to trainers and those involved with allergen awareness, such as retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and wholesalers. 

For further information about the event on 22 September, contact Polly Legge from CIEH, and to discuss the white paper and/or the food allergen surgeries, contact TiFSiP’s Eoghan Daly

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