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  2. 2. May Contain What Does This Really Mean ?
  3. 3. a food industry professional and because my son is allergic to peanuts
  4. 4. Allergens could be hidden in so called compound ingredients 1991 Australian Food Standards Code was amended the presence of peanuts shall always be declared.
  5. 5. May contain statements When food manufacturers voluntarily introduced the statement may contain nuts on labels for products that were at risk of cross contamination during production it appeared to be a good idea
  6. 6. However, unfortunately the injudicious use of this disclaimer and the proliferation of its usage has resulted in the creation of yet another hazard for the allergy sufferer
  7. 7. Rice Crackers May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, crustacea, fish and egg
  8. 8. Mustard Manufactured on equipment that processes peanuts and sesame seeds
  9. 9. Quick Oats Made on a production line that also produces products containing wheat, barley, rye, milk, sesame seeds and tree nuts
  10. 10. 2 MINUTE NOODLES Made on equipment that also processes products containing celery, crustacea, fish, mustard, milk, soy and sesame
  12. 12. Smiths Biscuits may contain traces of nuts Browns Biscuits
  13. 13. When one of the major allergens is an ingredient in a food product, it must be included as an ingredient on the label STANDARD 1.2.3 MANDATORY WARNING and ADVISORY STATEMENTS and DECLARATIONS
  14. 14. Cereals containing gluten namely, wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt Crustacea and their products Egg and egg products Fish and fish products except for isinglass Milk and milk products Peanuts and peanut products Tree nuts and tree nut products other than coconut Sesame seeds & sesame seed products Soybeans & soybean products Added Sulphites in concentrations of 10 mg/kg or more
  15. 15. The Allergen Bureau VITAL Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling
  16. 16. Scientific Expert Panel reviews and monitors food allergen thresholds
  17. 17. Wheat 20 ppm Fish 2.5 ppm Rye 20 ppm Milk 2.5 ppm Barley 20 ppm Peanuts 5 ppm Eggs 0.75 ppm Sesame seeds 5 ppm Crustacea 25 ppm Mustard 1.5 ppm
  18. 18. The precautionary labelling statement [May be present] is used only when the cross contact allergen is at action level 2 on the VITAL action level grid The precautionary statement is declared as May be present: xxx, where xxx lists each of the cross contact allergens present at VITAL Action Level 2 The statement [May be present] is placed below the summary statement on a separate line in bold print The allergen cross contact statement text must be declared using the same font size as the ingredient list information or at the minimum print size of 1.5mm
  19. 19. core message reduce cross contact allergens wherever possible core focus meaningful and consistent precautionary labelling
  20. 20. Why is food law silent on incidental presence of allergens? Will we ever see consistency? Will manufacturers continue to include confusing and meaningless May contain statements on labels? The VITAL initiative is excellent. However "V" stands for Voluntary. Will the allergy sufferer ever be able to have confidence in selecting food products?
  21. 21. Life-threatening food allergies risking more childrens lives Herald Sun Melbourne July 15, 2015
  22. 22. Severe allergic reaction 2005 - 2015 1.5-fold increase in all hospital anaphylaxis admissions children aged 5-14 the rate of severe reactions has more than doubled
  23. 23. Ron Cossen Suite 1, 28 Kent Grove Caulfield North VIC 3161 [email protected] 03 9530 3271 0407 334 102