FSA backs mandatory full ingredient labelling for pre-packed direct sale food

The Food Standards Agency has advised that increased allergen information should be provided on pre-packed direct sale food to give consumers greater confidence in the food they eat.

As a public meeting, the FSA’s Board agreed on advice for Ministers that full ingredient labelling should be mandatory for all pre-packed food for direct sale.

The FSA agrees with allergic consumers that full ingredient labelling would deliver a significant improvement, and greater consistency by following the same labelling system that consumers are familiar with, as found on packaged food.

The Board also agreed that the department should lead on a range of work to promote and accelerate the sharing of best practice across the industry and improve awareness in businesses and the public.

The decision by the Board will be the basis for the formal advice provided to Ministers who will take the final decision.