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May 7, 2002

EU: Parliament to demand allergy labels for celery, lupin

The European Parliament is expected to demand that celery and celery products be added to a list of potentially allergenic ingredients that must be named on labels for food products sold in the EU. Other adopted amendments agreed by the parliament’s environment committee to a new proposed directive now under discussion include an extension of the compulsory labelling list to include mustard. This is often used in ready-to-eat meals and can cause severe anaphylactic reactions.

The European Parliament is expected to demand that celery and celery products be added to a list of potentially allergenic ingredients that must be named on labels for food products sold in the EU.

Other adopted amendments agreed by the parliament’s environment committee to a new proposed directive now under discussion include an extension of the compulsory labelling list to include mustard. This is often used in ready-to-eat meals and can cause severe anaphylactic reactions.

MEPs also want lupin declared on labels, which is used to make lupin flour. These changes must be agreed by the full parliament to be carried forward. MEPs have the right of veto regarding this proposal.

By Keith Nuthall, just-food.com correspondent

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