Allergy Today: New Food Allergen Management Resources for Industry
The Allergen Bureau is delighted to announce the publication of its new Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Labelling for Australia and New Zealand. This has been developed in partnership between the Bureau and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).
The Guide, which replaces the earlier version published in 2007, describes industry best practice for the management of allergens, allergen labelling, and allergen communication. In this Guide, ‘allergens’ are the foods or substances that are listed in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) Section 1.2.3—4 Mandatory declaration of certain foods or substances in food. The Guide is freely available from both the AFGC and Allergen Bureau websites. For more information, visit http://allergenbureau.net/resources/
In addition, the Allergen Bureau has updated its VITAL® programme (Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling) to version 3. This follows a major review and recommendations by the VITAL Scientific Expert Panel of the science underpinning the VITAL Program. The Food Industry Guide to the Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling (VITAL®) Program Version 3.0 provides an introduction to VITAL, the VITAL Procedure and supporting information, and is freely available from the Allergen Bureau website: http://allergenbureau.net/vital/
Last but not least, the Allergen Bureau has announced VITAL® Standard Version 1.0. This is a supplementary certification program for food manufacturers that are already certified to GFSI recognised food safety management standards that include allergen management. The document provides guidance for food manufacturers seeking certification to the VITAL Standard. It contains the scheme rules for management of the VITAL Standard (part A), and the auditable standard (Part B). It is freely available from the Allergen Bureau website. http://allergenbureau.net/vital/vital-standard/
Allergy New Zealand commends the work done by the Allergen Bureau, and hopes New Zealand food manufacturers will consider certification to the VITAL standard for their products.