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List of exemptions from allergen labelling

Some products made from the allergenic foods in Annex IIIa have been permanently exempted from allergen labelling based on opinions from EFSA. These products are not likely to cause severe allergic reactions as they only contain trace amounts of protein. You can read the exemptions in the table below. The effect of the exemptions is for example that you can choose to label fully refined soybean oil as just “vegetable oil”.

 

List of food ingredients and substances permanently excluded from Annex IIIa of the Labelling Directive

Ingredient

Products thereof permanently excluded

EFSA opinions

Cereals containing gluten

  • Wheat-based glucose syrups including dextrose*
  • Wheat-based maltodextrins*
  • Glucose syrups based on barley
  • Cereals used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages

Opinion 1

Opinion 2

Opinion 3

Opinion 4

Fish

  • Fish gelatine used as a carrier for vitamin or carotenoid preparations
  • Fish gelatine or Isinglass used as fining agents in beer and wine

Opinion 1

Opinion 2

Opinion 3

Soybean

  • Fully refined soybean oil and fat*
  • Natural mixed tocopherols (E306), natural D-alpha tocopherol, natural D-alpha tocopherol acetate, natural D-alpha tocopherol succinate from soybean sources
  • Vegetable oils derived phytosterols and phytosterol esters from soybean sources
  • Plant stanol ester produced from vegetable oil sterols from soybean sources

Opinion 1

Opinion 2

Opinion 3

Opinion 4

Milk

  • Whey used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages
  • Lactitol

Opinion 1

Opinion 2

Nuts

  • Nuts used for making distillates or ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin for spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages

Opinion 1

* And products thereof in so far as the process that they have undergone is not likely to increase the level of allergenicity assessed by the EFSA for the relevant product from which they originated.