New legislation introduced in 2014, the Food Information for Consumers Regulations introduced the biggest change in food labelling requirements in almost 20 years. All food businesses including manufacturers, restaurants, takeaways, retailers, bakeries, sandwich bars, etc. are now required to inform you if any of fourteen specific allergens are contained in the food they serve or sell.
The 14 allergens include nuts, peanuts, egg, milk, cereals containing gluten, soya, celery, sesame, crustaceans, fish, mustard, molluscs, lupin and sulphur dioxide/sulphites.
You should now expect to see details of allergens contained in food you buy on the label, menus, chalk boards, tickets or provided verbally by an appropriate member of staff. When ordering takeaway foods, you can expect to be asked about your allergy requirements before placing your order and be provided with further information regarding the allergies on delivery of your meal.