Suffering from FIF by any chance (Food Information Fatigue)? Well, keep reading as you could help save a life.
From 13 December 2014 new European regulations will come into effect that will help to protect people whose immune systems react unusually to specific foods. Substances that cause such reactions are called ‘allergens’; the EU has produced a list of 14 that will have to be emphasised on all food labelling.
Most people are aware of the dangers of peanuts, particularly as fatalities are usually well publicised, but did you know that celery and mustard can also be problematic?
In the UK it is estimated that there are as many as 10 recognised deaths from food allergy each year. Do your bit for life and start reading food labels.
What are the 14 allergens on the regulatory list? Click for full size infographic The 14 allergens are: eggs milk fish crustaceans (for example crab, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, prawn) molluscs (for example mussels, oysters, squid) peanuts tree nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, brazils, pistachios, macadamia nuts or Queensland nuts) sesame seeds cereals containing gluten (wheat (such as spelt, Khorasan wheat/Kamut), rye, barley, oats, or their hybridised strains). soya celery and celeriac mustard lupin sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at concentration of more than ten parts per million)