FSA lamb takeaway survey, including allergens, published

UK local authority trading standards and environmental health officers sampled 307 lamb dishes, such as curries and kebabs, sold from takeaway outlets. All were tested by public analysts for the presence of undeclared species of meat. Dishes with sauces were also tested for undeclared allergens and the unauthorised use of additives. Of the samples tested, 223 (73%) were fully compliant with food legislation, 65 samples (21%) failed because of the presence of non-declared meat, 12 samples (4%) tested  positive for the presence of undeclared allergens, including peanut and almonds proteins, and 7 samples (2%) were non-compliant because of the unauthorised use of additives.

A risk assessment was carried out by FSA on the seven samples that tested positive for the presence of undeclared allergens. The concentrations were indicative of low level cross-contamination from the ingredients used or from within the kitchen when the dish was being prepared. However, the levels were high enough to cause an allergic reaction.

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Post date: 11 Feb 2015

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