Research and analysis

Food allergy: a court case review and recommendations

Analysis of UK court cases involving fatalities, personal injury or criminal non-compliance with food law following food allergy incidents.


A literature review of recent prosecutions following serious incidents of food allergy as a result of allergen mismanagement or mislabelling.

The paper describes recent changes in food law and outlines the guidance that is available for businesses.

The authors make a series of recommendations, including the adoption of zero tolerance of food fraud where an allergen incident subsequently occurs, and for improved forensic analysis and rigorous examination of the supply chain.