Friday, 15 February 2013

Supermarket scandal- how to go from horse to allergy food

Nobody who has seen the news this week can fail to be anything but shocked by the horsemeat scandal, but this is an amazing opportunity for supermarkets to clean up their acts and sort out their production. This could be an excellent time to start thinking about how allergens enter the food chain. If you have allergies and are signed up to the Anaphylaxis networks emailalerts for anytime an allergen enters food chains unexpectedly will know how much worry this can give people, but also on a daily basis howfrustrating the supermarket shop is for people with allergies. A simple restructure could suddenly mean I could again eat certain crisps or cereals, or M&S samosas or some ready meals. Sometimes I wonder how close a nut may have ever come to the foods labelled "may contain nuts". An overhaul is needed. There has never been a better time.

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