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Article | January 31, 2006
Stronger allergen labeling in EU
Labels of food products produced in the European Union after November 25, 2005, must clearly state the presence of any of 12 listed allergens. The new directive eliminates the “25-percent rule” that exempted ingredients of a compound ingredient from being declared if the compound ingredient made up less than 25% of the final food.
The 12 ingredients include peanuts nuts eggs milk crustaceans fish sesame seeds cereals containing gluten soya celery mustard sulphur dioxide and sulphites at levels above 10 mg per kg or per litre.
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