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AU: Allergen labelling

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Most food allergies are caused by peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. The Food Standards Code requires these foods to be declared on labels whenever they are present as ingredients or as components of food additives or processing aids.

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AU: Boy’s death after drinking Green Time Natural Coconut Drink prompts coroner’s warning

Adelaide Now: A Coroner has expressed alarm about mis-labelled imported foods after a 10-year-old-boy with allergies died following consuming a “natural” coconut drink. Keen soccer player Ronak Warty’s life was devastatingly cut short after becoming ill after dinner one night.

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AU/NZ: FSANZ reminds importers about mandatory allergen labelling requirements

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today reminded all businesses, including importers, about the need to meet mandatory allergen labelling requirements.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said there has been a number of coconut product recalls due to a lack of mandatory allergen (milk and milk products) labelling.

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US: Is the food industry doing enough to control allergens?

Food Safety News: A recent spate of [US] food product recalls due to undeclared allergenic agents illustrates the problem the food industry has in preventing allergen exposures.

While food manufacturers usually have allergen controls in place, protecting those in the population with food allergies can be particularly challenging. Undeclared allergens are considered a significant chemical hazard in food and thus a critical control in many processes, yet most product recalls are due to undeclared allergens.

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