Does Australia need better food allergen labelling regulation?

Published 30 October 2018

There are calls for more stringent labelling measures after a study of consumer group Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia members showed many have suffered anaphylactic reactions after eating foods that were not labelled for the suspected allergen.

During a nine month period (June 2017 – February 2018) over 40% of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia members responded to a survey that asked for self-reported details of any allergic reactions to packaged food, the food ingested and details of the product label.

Responses were assessed against the ASCIA definition for anaphylaxis – with those reactions not meeting the ASCIA definition excluded, as were any reactions to foods where the trigger allergen was listed as an ingredient.

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