Food allergy is recognized as an important food-safety issue and dealing
with the major serious food allergens is an essential part of Good
Manufacturing Practice. As such, the Institute
of Food Science and Technology (IFST) updated its statement of food
allergy to reflect that the problem of food allergens is part of a wider
The new statement describes the nature and cause of food allergies,
outlines recent changes in legislation that aim to help allergic consumers
to live with their condition and emphasizes measures manufacturers and
caterers should take to minimize the problems.
According to IFST, food manufacturers should formulate foods to avoid,
wherever possible, inclusion of unnecessary major allergens as ingredients;
organize raw material supplies, production, production schedules and
cleaning procedures to prevent cross-contact of products by
"foreign" allergens; train all personnel in an understanding of
necessary measures and the reasons for them; comply with the relevant
labeling legislation providing appropriate warning of the presence of a
major allergen in a product; and place an appropriate system for recall of
any product found to contain a major allergen not indicated on the label.
here to read the entire statement.
of Food Science and
Technology: Food Allergy