Are you ready for the implementation of The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 which requires allergen information to be provided for food sold non-packed or pre-packed for direct sale. The 14 allergens that require information to be provided are:
- cereals containing gluten
- sesame seeds
- sulphur dioxide
These allergens need to be included within the ingredient list for each dish produced. The wrong information could lead to someone becoming ill and result in prosecution.
Parents (especially for younger pupils) and pupils should be made aware by the use menu's, signage etc, a disclaimer letter may also prove useful stating something like, “Some products produced in the school kitchen may contain traces of allergens such as nuts or milk. If you suffer any specific dietary requirement please ask a member of the kitchen staff”.
These regulations will be enforced in December 2014 but have been around since 2011. The aim was to give food business a chance to put measures in place before they are enforced. Failure to comply with these regulations after 13th December 2014 could result in prosecution and a reduced food hygiene rating issued by the local environmental health officer.
For further information on managing allergies, please refer to the document titled ‘Guidance on Allergen Management and Consumer Information’.
This document can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.