The government has stated that every business that either manufactures or prepares food has to clearly state what ingredients are used and they must also highlight any potential ingredients which may cause an allergic reaction. There are 100’s of allergens out there but the law only requires you list the 14 that they have picked out.
The new rules will apply from the 13th December 2014. This means that someone within your business must have the correct information to hand, should a customer enquire about it.
The amount of literature available can be somewhat over whelming but please don’t panic! We have put together a few simple sheets which if filled in correctly should constitute compliance. This advice has mainly been designed for smaller accommodation providers such as B&Bs, self/catering welcome packs, picnic providers etc. Larger businesses which serve a lot of different food, or food producers, may wish to seek professional advice. The legislation is compiled of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (No. 1169/2011) (FIC) and Food Information Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1855) (FIR).
More information and handy tools can be found here http://www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/allergy-guide/allergen-resources
Here are a few easy steps to compliance……