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06
Aug
2015

Allergens in Breckland Orchard

by Claire Martinsen on Thu 06th Aug 2015 02:50

AllergensThe law changed in December 2014 so that all allergens present in food stuffs had to be clearly marked on packaging.  The 14 allergens that were affected by the change in the law were:

  1. Cereals containing gluten: declaration of wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan), rye, barley, oats
  2. Crustaceans
  3. Eggs
  4. Fish
  5. Peanuts
  6. Soybeans
  7. Milk
  8. Nuts: declaration of almond, hazelnut, walnut, cashew, pecan nut, Brazil nut, pistachio nut and macadamia nut
  9. Celery
  10. Mustard
  11. Sesame
  12. Sulphur dioxide or sulphites (where added is present at more than 10mg/kg)
  13. Lupin
  14. Molluscs

The Food industry has tightened up enormously in response to the Horsemeat scandal a few years ago. And as a result I’ve filled in more declarations than I can possibly remember over the past few months …declaring that our core range of Posh Pop does indeed contain none of the above [our Posh Squash has a small amount of sulphites in it].

Yeap – Posh Pop is egg-free, celery-free, crustacean free and mustard-free…….and I’ve gone all the way back up the supply chain to double check, so that the guys I supply can also be 100% sure.  Some customers have asked for individual confirmation by nut type.

All my labels comply to the regulations..yipee!  No hidden allergens that haven’t been flagged.

It’s one of those law changes that I am sure looks really simple from a European Parliament standing, but it sure has meant a LOT of work for the food and drink industry on the ground to execute it.  Its one of those ‘extra’ bits of work that’s been lobbed in over the past few months….and when you’re tiny that a big ask.

BUT…..now its all done, and all my internal paperwork changed to reflect that too – Phew!

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