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Food allergens knowledge hub launched

03 October 2021

The Institute of Food Science Technology has launched a new IFST Food Allergens Knowledge Hub to offer the best practice advice about allergen risks and packaging. 

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This library of resources signposts visitors to credible guidance food industry bodies and government agencies, alongside additional complementary IFST knowledge resources. Developed by an IFST Working Group, the hub has sections for small businesses and caterers, medium and large businesses and educators. IFST also provides specific guidance for consumers to help them understand the latest allergen legislation. 
Up to two million people suffer from a food allergy in the UK (affecting around 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children).  Consequently, the identification, control and communication regarding food allergens has always been a critical issue throughout the food supply chain. From Friday 1 October, new allergen labelling requirements were introduced for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food products in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
As the subject of allergens and the implications for food businesses has been brought into even sharper focus, the IFST online knowledge hub (which is free to access) provides reliable, up-to-date resources for all those needing clear and trusted, scientifically evidence-based information.
The IFST working group continues to work closely with our IFST member communities, other professional bodies and the government to equip everyone with the best advice to navigate the new allergen labelling changes.
The IFST Food Allergens Knowledge Hub can be accessed at:

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