Food law changes could make the difference between life and death, says Jo

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has welcomed new food allergy laws which came into effect on 13th December, and will help keep allergy sufferers safer.

The new regulations from the European Union state that all food businesses must now disclose all the ingredients that go into any product and issue clear guidance about 14 particular allergens if they are used in any food including peanuts, milk and fish. 

Jo, who has a serious nut allergy, is a long-standing campaigner for better support for sufferers and established the Parliamentary group on Allergy to raise awareness of these conditions. 

Local resident Nicola Forrest who runs a support group for the Anaphylaxis Campaign recently met Jo to discuss these changes. Nicola has a daughter with has severe cases of allergies and is treated brilliantly well at her local nursery: Riverside Childcare, Kirkintilloch. 

Jo said: 

“Food allergy is a serious matter. It can mean the difference between life and death. I know first-hand how terrifying it is to go into anaphylactic shock and how difficult it is for people, especially parents of children with allergies, to keep a constant check on what they are eating. 

“So I welcome this really positive piece of European legislation that’s sensible, easy to implement and potentially lifesaving. This will not only benefit local people when they eat out in some of our great restaurants in East Dunbartonshire but when they go on holiday on the continent. 

“Requiring all food producers to publish clearly their ingredients can only be good news for people with allergies, consumers and food businesses.”  

Nicola Forrest described the reforms as “a step in the right direction enabling those suffering severe allergies to integrate more safely into society”.

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