We are planning to start producing almond and hazelnut products at our sites in Wevelgem, Belgium, and Kettering, UK, by the end of 2014. Although this change in production will only be implemented during 2014, Provamel has already started to adapt its packaging. This is to make sure that all packaging will be changed in time and that all consumers can be aware of the change to production before it is implemented.
As always, we are keen to safeguard the highest safety and quality of our products, and in the context of allergies, all possible measures will be implemented to avoid any cross-contamination between nut and soya products. Specifically, and based on gathering internal and external production expertise, this include maintaining separate flows for handling raw materials and manufacturing as well as thorough cleaning procedures.
Although there is no legal requirement to mention potential cross contamination on labels when all good manufacturing practices are taken to avoid it, we decided to explicitly inform consumers about the integration of nut product manufacturing at Provamel production sites.
Provamel will therefore clearly label its soya products (soya drinks, soya desserts, soya alternatives to yoghurt and cream), rice products and oat products with ‘may contain traces of almonds and hazelnuts’.
Some Provamel products (not sold in the UK) such as soya variations on meat and Provamel margarines do not have this labelling because they are produced at a separate site.