Provision of Food Allergen Information
Food allergens can be life threatening and the only way people can manage a food allergy is to avoid the foods that make them ill. An oversight on your part – such as serving someone a food they are allergic to – can cause serious harm to your customer and damage the reputation of your business. Food allergens cannot be removed by cooking. That is why it's essential to practice good kitchen hygiene when preparing food, as well as the careful separation, storage and labelling of ingredients.
Non-prepacked (loose) foods (e.g. takeaways, restaurant meals and loose bakery products)
Legislation now requires food businesses to provide allergy information for food sold unpackaged (loose), in for example catering outlets (takeaways and restaurants), deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars.
Food businesses must be able to provide customers with accurate information about fourteen allergens which may be present in their food. The leaflet 'Allergen Information for Loose Food' explains this requirement to businesses.