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Allergens

New Food Allergen and Intolerance Requirements Under the Food Information Regulations

The Food Information for Consumers Regulations 2014 introduced the biggest change in food labeling requirements in almost twenty 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
  • Peanut
  • Sesame
  • Soya
  • Sulphur dioxide/sulphites

Details of the allergens contained in food produced must be on the label, menus, chalk boards or provided verbally by a member of staff. When ordering take-away foods a business must:

  • Ask their customers about any allergies they may have before taking an order
  • Provide customers with more information about allergens on the delivery of their meal.

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

FSA advice for food allergic consumers on the changes to allergen labeling under the EU FIC.