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 BRC’s 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 FDF’s Gluten Labelling Guidance, is going to provide food businesses with key information on legal requirements, risk assessment and consumer expectations.”

Want more stories like this in your inbox?

Sign up for our FREE email newsletter


User Login



Most read


Should the meat industry pay for compulsory abattoir CCTV monitoring?