Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reminding food businesses that mandatory allergen labelling requirements for lupin begin on 26 May 2018.
FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said lupin is a legume which belongs to the same plant family as peanuts, and has the potential to be an allergen.
“In Australia, lupin has not typically been used in food, however, due to its high protein and fibre content we are seeing an increase in its use,” Booth said.
“In 2017, lupin was added to the list of allergens that must be declared on food labels. Food businesses were given 12 months to meet these requirements.
“Any foods that contain lupin must declare it on the label from 26 May 2018 – even if it’s already on the shelf.
“Correct allergen labelling can mean the difference between life and death for people with food allergies so it is vital that food businesses get it right.
“Even if the food is not in a package (for example, food prepared at and sold from a takeaway shop), allergen information must be displayed in connection with the food or provided to the purchaser if requested.”