Misinterpreting the differences between allergen-free food safety claims and dietary vegan claims are a cause for concern, flags the UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF). Consumers should not rely on a “vegan” logo if they have milk, fish, crustacean, mollusc and/or egg food allergies, it notes. In a recently issued FDF Guidance on "Allergen-Free" and Vegan Claims, the FDF  further outlines the clear risk that products “suitable for vegans” may not be safe for certain allergic consumers due to unintentional cross-contact with allergenic ingredients of animal origin.

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