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04 January 2015

New Allergen Regulations in the European Union Apply to Soup Kitchens

When I saw the Nottingham Post headline Soup kitchens could face fines of up to £5,000 if found flouting new EU allergen rules, I thought it was absolutely fascinating! Over the years, I have noticed--as you probably have--the different, more stringent labeling standards in the EU and especially the longer list of allergens that must be labeled.

According to the article, "New EU regulations, which came into force last week, mean that 14 allergenic ingredients including nuts and mustard must be listed by any organisation that regularly provides un-packaged food." A 14-day improvement notice is hoped to encourage change and adherence to the new regulations, but if it is ineffective, organizations may face fines of up to £5,000.

Please take a look at the article! Perhaps it is a peek at where U.S. allergen regulations may be headed someday...

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