New Food Information Regulations Opens in a new window came into force in 2014. The new regulations help to make food labels clearer and also improve nutritional and allergen information to consumers. All food businesses must provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in foods sold or provided by them including businesses such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways, supermarkets food counters, delicatessens, mobile caterers and home based cake bakers.

All Food Business Operators must declare the presence of any of the 14 allergens listed in the Regulations.  This should be easily accessible and visible for the consumer.

The changes include:

  • mandatory nutrition labelling on pre-packaged food
  • more country of origin labelling
  • improved date marking (including date of first freezing)
  • clarity and legibility of food information
  • labelling of non pre-packed foods
  • allergen information, including on food sold loose and in restaurants, cafes etc.

Training

The Food Standards Agency are offering free online allergy training which, although developed for enforcement officers, might also be of interest to food business operators, those involved in selling or producing food or anyone wanting to learn more about food allergies.

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Allergy alerts

Sometimes foods have to be withdrawn or recalled if there is a risk to consumers because the allergy labelling is missing or incorrect or if there is any other food allergy risk. You can sign up to receive alerts from the Food Standards Agency when this happens.

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