Journal article

The practice and perception of precautionary allergen labelling by the Australasian food manufacturing industry

GA Zurzolo, RL Peters, JJ Koplin, M de Courten, ML Mathai, JA Tye-Din, MLK Tang, DE Campbell, A-L Ponsonby, SL Prescott, L Gurrin, SC Dharmage, KJ Allen

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) and Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling (VITAL® ) tools were designed by industry to assist consumers with selecting safe foods for consumption. However, a sizeable proportion of food products bear no label, and it is unclear whether these products are free from allergens and therefore safe to consume or have simply not undergone a risk assessment and therefore remain unlabelled for that reason. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of unlabelled products that have undergone a risk assessment process and to examine the factors influencing industry's uptake of the VITAL® process. METHODS: A web-based questionnaire was distributed ..

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