EFA “May Contain/Contains” Food Allergen Labelling Event

  • Isabel Proano
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2012
  • Esplanade of the European Parliament

Location:   European Parliament - Jòzsef Antall (JAN) building, 6Q1 room

Date:   Wednesday, 19th September, 2012 from 18:00 to 20:30

Hosting MEP:  Mrs. Renate SOMMER MEP (rapporteur of the new European Union regulation on the provision of food information to consumers at the European Parliament)


The adoption of the new EU regulation on the provision of food information to consumers by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU was welcomed by EFA as a positive step to enhance the protection of the health of people with allergies. Clear and understandable food information helps consumers make better-informed choices and safe use of food, important for people with food allergy or intolerance or with special dietary requirements because some wrong choices may make them ill or even be threatening for their lives.


This event focused on:

-        Mandatory labelling of allergen, underlining the crucial step forward and the room for improvement

-        “Precautionary labelling”


Key speakers:


Patient with severe food allergy, The Netherlands


Unit E4, Nutrition, food composition and information,
Directorate General Health and Consumers (DG SANCO)


European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)


Stephen PUIGH
Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK


The event poster is available for download here.
The finalized agenda is available for download here.

The event report is available for download here.
Most presentations are available for download in PDF format here.

To request any further information about the event, please e-mail roberta.savli@efanet.org!


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