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The Food Information for Consumers Regulations 2014 came into force on 13 December 2014. 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.
Consumers 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, consumers should 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.
You can report businesses that are not meeting the requirements and/or illness in relation to allergens by contacting the Environmental Health Service at 0300 303 1777 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on allergens for consumers is available on the Food Standards Agency website: https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/food-allergy-and-intolerance