Allergen labelling

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It is especially important for people with allergies to understand food labelling.

Companies have to highlight certain allergens on food labels, including the following animal allergens: shellfish, fish, milk, eggs and molluscs. If a risk assessment determines that a product may contain a major allergen, the label carries a warning.

Information for people with food allergies

It is important to be clued up about the differences between vegan standards and allergy or ‘free-from’ standards. The Vegan Society does not claim that products registered with the Vegan Trademark are suitable for people with allergies to animal products; this depends on the standards achieved by individual manufacturers.

The licence agreement asks companies to confirm that they strive to minimise cross-contamination from animal products as far as is reasonably practicable. Therefore, vegan products may carry warnings about animal allergens.

Even if you have bought a product before, it is recommended that you check the label in case there have been any changes.

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