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Food Ingredients

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the process that will be used to assess the allergenic nature of food ingredients to meet the requirements of Directive 2000/ 13/EC. [111753]

Proposed amendments to the Food Labelling Directive 2000/13/EC, which reached Common Position stage on 20 February this year, would require certain specified ingredients and their derivatives always to be declared in ingredient lists on food labels because of their link with food allergy or intolerance. The European Food Safety Authority will be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations for amendment of this list of specified ingredients in accordance with Article 29 of Regulation (EC) 178/2002.