Guidance on free-from launched by BRC and FDF

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have launched a guide, which provides food manufacturers, retailers and enforcement authorities with essential advice on making free-from claims.

The guide has been produced with the support of the Anaphylaxis Campaign and Coeliac UK .

Currently there are no specific rules at either UK or EU level governing the use of free-from. This guidance will help business operators know when and how to label and also provides an overview of relevant UK and EU legislation. It will also give help with the key things to be considered with regard to appropriate manufacturing practices and also when carrying out a risk assessment.

The BRCs deputy food director, Andrea Martinez-Inchausti, said: A free-from claim cannot be taken lightly. A small manufacturer could now confidently understand whether producing a free-from product is within their capability. It will also result in more consistency which means more consumer trust as acknowledged in the foreword to the Guidance by Food Standards Agency chief executive Catherine Brown.

Chief scientist/policy and sustainability director at the FDF Barbara Gallani said: This Guidance on free-from, which follows on from the publication earlier this year of FDFs Gluten Labelling Guidance, is going to provide food businesses with key information on legal requirements, risk assessment and consumer expectations.

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