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Allergens

New Food Allergen and Intolerance Requirements under the Food Information Regulations

The Food Information for Consumers Regulations 2014 introduces the biggest change in food labelling requirements in almost 20 years.  With all food businesses having to inform their customers if any allergens are contained in the food they serve or sell.

The 14 allergens are:

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs
  • Mustard
  • Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame
  • Soya
  • Sulphur dioxide/sulphites

Details of the allergens contained in the food you produce must be on the label, menus, chalk boards or provided verbally by a member of staff. When taking orders for take-away foods you must:

  • Ask your customers about any allergies before they place their order
  • Provide them with more information about allergens on delivery of their meal.

We have provided a number of useful links to help food businesses with the new requirements.

Businesses Selling Loose, Unpackaged and Food Pre-packed on the Premises for Sale Direct to Your Customers:

Food Allergy and Intolerance Notice

Food - Allergen-Risk - Assessment for Caterers

Allergen Table (Template)

Allergen Leaflet (Simplified Chinese)

Food Allergy On-Line Training

Allergen Information for Loose Foods

Advice on the New Food Information Regulations for Small and Medium Food Businesses Leaflet

Allergen Handling Safe Food Video

Manufacturers and Other Businesses Selling Pre-Packed Foods

British Retail Consortium - Guidance on Food Allergens

Allergy - What to Consider When Labelling Food

A Guide for Small and Medium Businesses That Make or Sell Pre-packed Food