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Lupin as an Allergen

18th April 2017

COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Food Standards Australia New Zealand

On 9 March 2017, Food Standards Australia New Zealand approved a draft variation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, with a 12-month transition period, to regulate food containing lupin as an allergen.

The Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for Lupin as an Allergen was released on 23 March 2017.

Lupin is an emerging food allergen of public health significance in Australia. Lupin belongs to the group of plants known as legumes and therefore contains proteins which are similar to those found in other legumes such as peanut and soy. Like proteins in peanut and soy, proteins present in lupin can also be an allergen for some members of the community.

The RIS provides an examination of options available for managing potential health and safety outcomes of allergic reactions of lupin in the Australia and New Zealand population.

The RIS was prepared by Food Standards Australia New Zealand and assessed as compliant with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) RIS guidelines by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

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