Gove said the review of allergen labelling rules was “progressing well” with a potential change at the start of 2019.
He did remind businesses that they didn’t have to wait for any change in legislation to start improving their allergen labelling.
No need to wait
“As we have made clear before, businesses do not need to wait for the law to change to do the right thing,” he said. “They should be doing all they can now to make sure consumers have the information they need to stay safe.”
Gove also met with Pret A Manger, which was at the centre of the tragic death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering an allergic reaction to sesame in a Pret baguette.
Recent research by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) also revealed that 673 out of 2,862 tests had an ‘unsatisfactory’ result. This means the product was found to contain an allergen, but it was not declared on pack or by staff.
The FSA said a new regulatory model regarding allergens was being developed.