Fixing Food Confusion

MISUNDERSTANDING over whether vegan foods are suitable for people with allergies to milk or other products has led the Food and Drink Federation to draw up guidance notes for the food industry and the wider population.

Developed with the Food Standards Agency, the notes declare: “Consumers should not rely on a ‘vegan’ logo if they have milk, fish, crustacean, mollusc and/or egg food allergies.

“If it doesn’t say allergen-free, do not assume it is.”

The FDF’s food law, labelling and enforcement manager, Alex Turtle, said: “FDF strives to support food manufacturers to provide accurate consumer information, and is well-aware that an informed allergic consumer is a more protected consumer.”