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Nestlé currently labels the presence of well known allergens such as milk, eggs and wheat on food labels using a bold font and an allergen summary statement (for a full list of labelled allergens click here). Starting in 2010, Nestlé has decided to gradually introduce the labelling of 3 additional allergens: mustard, celery and lupins. These allergens are currently labelled in Europe and since Nestlé is a global company, we have decided to label these allergens on all Nestlé products worldwide. This will ensure consumers can easily find the same information on the Nestlé products they enjoy anywhere in the world.
What is lupin?
Lupins belong to the legume family, which also contains peanuts. Small amounts of lupin flour are used in the Australian food industry, mainly in baked goods. Some individuals have experienced allergic reactions to lupins.
Why celery and mustard?
Components and products of mustard seed (like mustard powder) and celery (like celery root and celery spice) have been shown to trigger allergic reactions, particularly in consumers in Europe. In fact, there is evidence that celery and mustard allergies are cross related to birch pollen allergies.
Why not label for other foods that people have shown allergic reactions to?
There are a very large number of foods which may provoke an allergic reaction or intolerance in particular consumers. The majority of these foods will be labelled as ingredients under existing requirements.
What will the new labels look like?
Here is an example of how these new allergens will be labelled.