Allergy management

Zentis recognizes growing worldwide concern about food intolerance and food allergies. We devote particular attention to this subject and closely adhere to all food product processing and labeling regulations. These regulations prescribe the clear labeling of all allergens in the list of ingredients. This has been compulsory for the entire food industry since November 25, 2005. 

Food labeling regulations list 14 main allergens that must be stated on product labels if they constitute part of the ingredients:

  • Cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, oats, spelt, barley, khorasan wheat or hybrid strains) and their products,
  • Crustaceans and their products,
  • Eggs and egg products,                                                              
  • Fish and fish products,     
  • Peanuts and peanut products,                                           
  • Soya and soya products,
  • Milk and milk products,
  • Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashew nuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia or Queensland nuts) and nut products,
  • Mustard and mustard products,                                         
  • Sesame and sesame products,                                
  • Celery and celery products,                                     
  • SO2 > 10 mg / kg, 
  • Lupins and products derived from them and
  • Molluscs and products derived from them.

Zentis and third-party experts have developed an independent allergy management policy. This contains a detailed description of -- and regulations on -- correct handling of allergenic raw materials, intermediate products and end products, from procurement to customer delivery.

The most important points in this allergy management policy involve:

  • Preparation of allergenic ingredients in a separate room,
  • Color-coded labeling of allergenic raw materials, tools and equipment, and related transport and shipping containers,
  • Exclusive product handling and processing areas for allergenic products,
  • Monitoring of cleanliness standards of all facilities as well as related  transport and shipping containers, tools and equipment,
  • Risk assessment studies performed by an impartial, third-party consultant,
  • Inclusion of allergens into all HACCP plans, and
  • Continuous personnel education and training about this policy and updates about handling allergens in the workplace.

Zentis believes in protecting and informing its customers and consumers. For this reason, we will immediately adopt new industry allergen findings and legal guidelines into company processes.