Food Standards Scotland launches a new food allergy alert service

16 April 2019

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Food allergies are becoming increasingly common and recent consumer research commissioned by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) shows that 15% of people surveyed either have a food allergy themselves or have someone in their household with a food allergy.

FSS has launched a new food allergy alert service, whereby people in Scotland who have a food allergy or intolerance can sign up for text or email alerts to receive information when there is an issue with missing or incorrect allergen information on food labels.

People can subscribe to the free service at the FSS website. The service gives the option to receive specific alerts about issues involving any of the 14 ingredients which must be mentioned as allergens on food and drink packaging in the UK.

Information about the presence of the 14 allergens also needs to be available to consumers for food and drink products sold in restaurants, cafes, takeaways etc and loosely from deli counters, as well as premises selling food which has been packed on site such as boxed salads or packaged sandwiches.

The service is free and you can sign up for real time texts on your phone and/or a daily email.

Source: FSS, 8 April 2019