For food allergy patients, along with people who have hypersensitivities and intolerances, there are numerous issues of significance with the labelling of food items in Europe. Inaccurate, unavailable or misleading information, low readability, untrustworthy precautionary labelling for cross contamination, recipe changes or strange ingredients and language barriers are all equally concerning and can result in poor quality of life or nutrition, fear, restrictions, social isolation and even death. With this perspective, on the 19th of September 2012 at the European Parliament, the European Federation for Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) organised an event specifically addressing “Contains/May Contain – Food Allergen Labelling.”

Over the past year, the EFA Food Allergy Working Group has worked diligently to specify the topic as warranting a broader public dialogue in the context of the new EU Regulation on Food Information to Consumers. The event was coordinated by EFA’s EU Policy and Project Officer, Ms. Roberta Savli, in collaboration with our long standing partner the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) represented by Prof. Antonella Muraro Chair of the EAACI Food Allergy Guidelines project and EAACI Treasurer. It was hosted by Mrs. Renate Sommer, MEP, and Rapporteur of the Regulation.

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Last updated 22 July 2014