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New certification standard: DLG-tested allergen management

Coughing, respiratory and skin irritation after eating certain foods? That sounds like an intolerance or even an allergy. Consumers are on the lookout for the statement “May contain traces of …”. Now DLG (German Agricultural Society) and DAAB e. V. (German Allergy and Asthma Association) have developed a practical label. (German Allergy and Asthma Association) have developed a practical label. It is intended to remove any ambiguity, fill a missing legal provision and provide greater certainty for consumers. We’ll show you what this label is all about.

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Of course, we know that there is no such thing as a word allergy or intolerance.

However, the uncertainty conveyed in this heading can also be seen in the food sector when reference is made to unintentional allergen contamination in food. These cannot always be ruled out due to the different production conditions as well as preloaded raw materials.

In relevant quantities, unintentional traces lead to allergic reactions, which is understandably irritating to consumers, retailers and producers.

The solution to the problem: A product label for more clarity

The new label creates a uniform definition of risk for unintentional allergen contamination in food. Manufacturers use the new symbol to convey technical competence and customers receive information that will help them make a purchase decision.

The product label has great potential. Of the Baby food producer HiPP recognized this and has been part of the project since the start of the pilot phase. The company has had a comprehensive allergen management system for years. This takes the approximately 3.5 million people under the age of 25 with food allergies by the hand.

The test criteria of the DLG-tested allergen management

DLG and DAAB e. V. have jointly developed a comprehensive concept for good professional practice in allergen management. In addition to the risk assessment and communication of unintentional allergen inputs, existing standards such as IFS and BRC are supplemented.

To receive the product label, you must:

  • a comprehensive in-house risk assessment with regard to “trace” notices,
  • high requirements well above the legal standard as well
  • regular allergen management audits in production facilities

to be met.

What does that mean for you as a producer?

If you are certified, you will receive a unique selling proposition with which you can score points at the POS. Allergy sufferers receive a higher level of quality of life through their food labeling. The number of people suffering from allergies and intolerances is steadily increasing. This creates a growing customer base.

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