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.

Published 17 December 2014