Food allergy is a common and frequently-occurring disease , the occurrence of food allergies , the light can cause hives, eczema and other skin diseases, severe cases can lead to shock, life-threatening. Moreover, due to the complexity of modern food ingredients, many consumers even in the case of the unconscious on the intake of allergens pose a health hazard.
In order to better safeguard the health and safety of consumers , our April 2012 implementation of GB7718-2011 ” national food safety standard pre-packaged food packaging General” ( hereinafter referred to as ” General” ) proposal , peanuts, eggs, etc. may cause allergies If a substance is used as a food ingredient , “should be used in recognizable name in the list of ingredients , or be prompted to close the position in the list of ingredients .”
The General has been nearly two years to implement , frozen food companies for which the implementation of recommendations on how marked ? Reporter visited the market to find out.
Survey: large enterprises standardize labeling
“General ,” said the product is the raw material used in the following eight recommended allergen labeling information : cereals containing gluten and products ( such as wheat, rye , barley , oats , spelled or their hybridized strains ) ; crustacean and their products ( such as shrimp , lobster, crab, etc. ) ; fish and their products ; eggs and their products ; peanut products ; soybeans and their products ; milk and dairy products ( including lactose ) ; nuts and nut products category.
Frozen food in rice products , pills , and many other products like these materials will be used , but the reporter interviewed found that not all companies are identified allergen information , even if such information is marked enterprise , there are good and bad ways of labeling situation.
Overall, the implementation of large enterprises better. Frozen food industry leaders three-wide at this point once again played a role model in the industry , and three full series of products , whether wonton dumpling dumplings , noodles or rice balls, are at the bottom of the list of ingredients marked ” allergen information “words, remind consumers ” this production line is also processed soy products contain peanut products, sesame products, wheat, dairy products ” ; addition, Wan Chai Ferry Pier all products are clearly marked with allergen information.
For its different series of products in different categories , three full and Wanchai Ferry products are based on the actual situation, the allergen information specific adjustments.
In three full and three full private kitchen rice dumplings , for example, rice allergen information marked as ” This product line also contain processed soy products, peanut products , sesame products, wheat, dairy products ,” private label allergens kitchen dumplings information was ” this production line processing contain fish, shrimp and its products, scallops , egg, soy , peanut, sesame dumplings products other products ,” the nuances between enterprises fully demonstrated the recommended standards for the marked not just go , but in this matter seriously.
Concern : the situation varies greatly marked
In the performance of three full and Wan Chai Ferry Pier remarkable time, that some frozen food manufacturer’s performance is not satisfactory.
First, from the marked way , some companies have chosen to blur allergen information . Zhengzhou miss Food Co., Ltd. ( hereinafter referred to as missing ) , the three companies product packaging bags , are not explicitly appear Yasui Fujian Food Co., Ltd. ( hereinafter referred to as Yasui ) and Henan Snow Eagle Frozen Food Company Limited ( hereinafter referred to as the Snow Eagle ) ” allergen information “message. Just missing ingredient in the ingredient list below contains marked sesame, peanuts, this production line processing of products containing wheat , soy products , nuts products of other products . Yasui put this information on the Tips , suggesting consumers to produce this food production lines and supporting facilities are also processed cereals containing gluten , milk , peanuts and its products . Snow Eagle also put this information to prompt a way to show out.
From the marked position , is also varied. Three full , Wanchai Ferry and other enterprises, the information will be labeled allergen list of ingredients in the bottom of the food ; Henan Yunhe Food Company Limited ( hereinafter referred to as Yunhe ) produce allergens dumplings information is also below the list of ingredients , but the sesame balls and spring rolls are transferred to the product categories below.
There are some companies simply do not mark allergen information . Yunhe well-off family bread dumplings and grasping information allergens are not marked , Henan Zhongpin hot pot balls Industry Co., Ltd. , Zhengzhou Topfond Food Group Co., Ltd. ( hereinafter referred to as the day side ) launched the rice balls , limited opening of the first floor Ltd. launched clyster dumplings, Beijing green Food Co., Ltd. launched buns and other grains also are not marked.
Response: The suggested provisions are not mandatory
Although allergen labeling information is a proposal of terms , not mandatory , however , allergen information directly related to the health and safety of consumers , enterprises should adopt what is this attitude? This reporter interviewed a number of companies.
Founded in 2001 in the East China Sea Foods Ltd. in Cangzhou City is a production of frozen pasta -based enterprises , the general manager of the company Tianjin Bo told reporters , yet not labeled allergen information, “I know some people will crab and shrimp and other seafood allergies, however , recommended that the product labeling does not know the country allergen information. ”
And Sea food is different, some companies know this standard, however, still chose to temporarily mark to rice balls , dumplings, wonton based products Top Food Co., Ltd. , Zhengzhou is one of them . Feng , general manager of the company’s gold ring , said the company ‘s products are currently no allergen labeling information , ” very few people prone to allergies . Moreover allergen labeling information is voluntary not mandatory , if you want to label it, all bags need to re- design , which takes the middle is great, it takes time. ”
Reporters saw at the supermarket , Topfond production dumplings dumplings Floraland already marked at the bottom of the list of ingredients for allergens information , but this information does not appear on their company’s dumplings . The company, a responsible person surnamed Luo told reporters that this is because the national colors of day is the day dumpling party early last year launched a new product , so the packaging is a new design , it adds on the product label allergens information, and rice balls , etc. product before the product can also follow all packaging before , we do not yet marked . She said that as a halal food brand , the day side is very focused on food safety , such as this group of bags after use , Topfond allergen information will also be marked on the rice balls and other products to facilitate consumers.
View: Allergen information or help, it is necessary to mark
Zhengzhou Municipal People ‘s Hospital , director of dermatology Yhu-Chering Huang believes that allergy is a common food allergies may cause hives, eczema and other skin diseases, can cause serious, even life-threatening shock , so he suggested that , if the product ‘s list of ingredients use the eggs, peanuts and other materials easily lead to allergies , the best mark it, ” although not most people with allergies , but once consumers have encountered such a thing, the damage is one hundred percent . these events on the one hand would endanger the health of consumers , on the other hand will damage the corporate image. ”
And three full , thoughts and other brands compared to the size of Zhengzhou Food Co., Ltd. is not large , but the company also marked earlier allergen information, ” enterprises should be responsible for all consumers , allergen labeling information can effectively prevent consumers from eating . ” the company’s quality assurance department head Zhang Jun-wei said.
In her view, though now for a lot of consumers, allergen information, or a little attention and even ignore the information , but in the future as consumers are increasingly concerned about health , food allergen information will be like the production date and shelf life , become an important basis for consumers to buy one of the reference product .
She believes that despite the current allergen labeling terms of information is just a suggestion , but based on previous experience, many beginning is suggestive terms eventually become mandatory, does not rule out future become mandatory allergen labeling information possibility of information , therefore, to prepare in advance , from the perspective of standardization , strict demands on themselves , to better adapt to the market.
Mostly foreign allergen labeling mandatory standards
In recent years , with more and more cases of food allergies , countries for food allergen labeling controls are more stringent, many foreign countries are mandatory allergen labeling information as the content.
Japan provided the shrimp , salted fish sub- categories included in the scope of mandatory labeling of food containing abalone , mullet, salmon roe , shrimp , crab, salmon, mackerel, white plastic raw materials such as fish balls included in the scope of guidance logo.
Australia requires the food allergen ingredients expressly on the corresponding food labels , even if one of the allergen content is very small.
The United States as early as January 1, 2006 has been the implementation of ” Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act ,” which requires all packaged foods sold in the U.S. must comply with the relevant food allergen labeling requirements , which mainly refers to the allergen milk , eggs , fish, crustaceans and shellfish , tree nuts, wheat , peanuts , soybeans and other eight kinds of ingredients. To contain an undeclared allergen products , the FDA may require a product recall.
EU labeling requirements for food allergies are more stringent, in addition to the eight classes of allergens , but also include celery, mustard , sesame and sulfur dioxide or sulfites . Allergic to the ingredients and be given a clear message that any allergens can not hide.