With increasing numbers of people who have food allergies, new food allergen laws “EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011 “ have been introduced and will apply around Europe on or after December 13, 2014.
Under the new laws, all food service providers such as restaurants, cafes, takeaway providers and coffee shops will have to clearly display details of the menu items that contain the EU top 14 allergens with the dishes they serve. These will have to be listed clearly in an obvious place such as a menu or chalkboard or it should be made clear that the information can be obtained orally on request.
Food businesses should have processes in place to ensure that the information they provide is accurate; they should regularly review the ingredients information and update staff and consumers.
The big 14 are:
- Cereals containing gluten
- Sulphur dioxide
Criminal sanctions have been introduced for breaches in the provisions.
The secretariat can distribute to members, on request, a presentation by the head of food labelling at DEFRA – please contact Sue McNicol for more information.