Food allergen management guidance – for industry, by industry
The Allergen Bureau is the peak industry body representing food industry allergen management. The overall aim of the Allergen Bureau is to lead the global food industry in best practice allergen management, sharing information that builds trust and transparency that supports allergen sensitive consumers to make informed choices. The Allergen Bureau draws on, and disseminates the latest science and regulatory information from around the world on food allergens, including emerging food allergens.
The growth in the incidence of food allergens is an international phenomenon. We are driven by our vision of a trusted food supply for allergen sensitive consumers around the world. Our mission is to lead the global food industry in best practice allergen management, sharing information that builds trust and transparency that supports allergen sensitive consumers to make informed choices.
Best practice allergen management guidance
The Australian Food Standards Code stipulates that any of the major food allergens or their products must be labelled when present in a manufactured food as an ingredient, additive or processing aid or a component of one of these. The allergens that must be labelled are: peanuts; individual tree nuts; wheat, barley, rye, oats or their hybrids and gluten if present; sesame; soybeans; egg; milk; fish; molluscs; crustacea; and lupin.
Established in 2005 in Australia and New Zealand, the Allergen Bureau is a wonderful example of cooperation amongst competitors in the food industry, with national and multi-national food manufacturing and marketing companies, suppliers, importers, exporters, retailers, consumer groups and health professionals sharing information on managing the risks of food allergens in industry in the interests of consumers.
Our members from Oceania, Europe, Asia, USA, Canada and Africa include representatives from food industries, research groups, health professionals and consumers in these regions.
Food allergen management, labelling, and the VITAL® Program
The Allergen Bureau provides industry guidance resources to assist with food allergen management, labelling, identifying potential allergens in food product, and determining whether and how they should be declared. These best practice guidance resources are designed to help food industry to approach allergen management and labelling in a consistent manner.
Informing the food industry
Anticipating our drive to lead the global food industry in best practice allergen management, the Allergen Bureau has recently embarked on a refresh of our trusted brand. The Allergen Bureau is also active on key social media platforms, to ensure we are easy to find and can update and engage with our followers with the latest food allergen news and information from around the globe.
Become a member today – visit www.allergenbureau.net