All caterers must provide information if any of the following ingredients are included in the foods that they prepare/sell:
The change in the law means that you will no longer be able to say that you don't know what allergens are in the food you serve. You are also not allowed to say that all the foods you serve 'could' contain an allergen.
You can do this on the menu, on a chalkboard or in an information pack. If it is not listed clearly in an obvious place you will need to signpost your customers to where the information can be found.
If food is sold at a distance, such as online or a telephone order for a takeaway, the allergen information must be provided before the purchase of the food is complete (this could be in writing or verbally) and in writing when the food is delivered.
Further details about the regulations can be found on the Food Standards Agency website.
View the Food Standard Agency's interactive food allergy training tool. It highlights steps that should be followed to make sure good practice is used in the manufacture and production of food. This training has been developed by the Agency for enforcement officers. However, it 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.
Failing to manage allergens properly can result in serious health implications and even death of allergy sufferers. Recently a man died after being falsely served a "nut free" curry in North Yorkshire. The food business operator was sentenced to 6 years in prison. The food business operator was sentence to 6 years in prison.
Take a look at this powerful video "A Day in the Life of Chloe" which shows how difficult eating out can be for someone with an allergy and also why it is so important to manage allergens properly.