The techie bit…..
- From 13 December 2014 the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation is in force
- Implemented by the Food Information Regulations 2014
- From 13 December 2014, caterers must be able to tell customers whether any of the specified 14 allergens are in the dishes or drinks on the menu.
- The law applies to your establishment if it prepares, makes or serves food and this is served or sold directly to consumers
- Wide remit – applies to all caterers, including cafés, pubs, burger vans, canteens…..
The 14 allergens
- Sesame seeds
How do I provide allergen information to the customer?
- Up front in writing – e.g. on menu “Tuna Niçoise – contains fish, egg, celery” OR
- Tell customers where the information is available – e.g. a notice informing customers to ask a member of staff for allergen information.
- Ignorance is no excuse – you cannot say “I don’t know, it might have allergens” – you must know if the food you serve contains allergens or not.
- Enforced by Trading Standards (although EHOs have power to investigate)
- Improvement notice may be issued
- Breach is a criminal offence – fine of up to £5,000
- Defra guidance indicates that enforcement should be “proportionate” and refers to low level action
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