The Automatic Vending Association (AVA) says it takes the problem of allergen labelling “extremely seriously” after a Torfaen Trading Standards document on milk content material (and labelling) in ‘vending machines’.

The investigation used to be reported in a piece of writing in Food Manufacture mentioning that 10 shops were visited the place ‘vending machines’ beverages, specifically black tea and black espresso have been examined. It reportedly “found serious failings in the provision of allergen information and also cross contamination of milk products that did not contain milk as an intended ingredient”.

The AVA has stressed out that what is obvious is that those machines have been table-top machines operated in catering shops in cafés, supermarkets and different ‘on-the-go’ shops – now not conventional merchandising machines in websites run by way of merchandising operators.

It has replied as follows: “Members of the AVA are crucial a part of the meals provider business and feature strict laws and requirements round allergen labelling. The AVA used to be concerned within the preparation of the Food Information to Consumers Regulation on behalf of our individuals and we proceed to paintings laborious with them to verify they’re compliant with those laws.

“For AVA members, appropriate labelling on machines is part of their annual quality audit. The issue of allergen labelling is one we take extremely seriously. We will take this opportunity to once again remind our members of the need to provide current and comprehensive allergen information to consumers to ensure they make safe choices.”