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Food allergies

The government has now made it a compulsory feature of all food packaging, including that of alcoholic drinks, to ensure that all consumers are provided with a comprehensive list of ingredients. This allows the consumer to check for any of the following food components that they want to avoid, in particular, in the event of specific allergies:

  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Milk and dairy products (including lactose)
  • Nuts and nut products
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sulphite at concentration of at least 10mg/kg and products thereof
  • Celery
  • Mustard

Components of compounds that make up less that 25% of a particular final product must also be listed.

However, the European Commission suggests that in the following cases, full lists of ingredients need not be listed:

  • Compound ingredients making up less than 5% of the finished product
  • Sauces and Mustards making up less than 5% of the finished product
  • Herbs and Spices in mixtures of Herbs and Spices which make up less than 2% of the finished product

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