The introduction of the Provision of Food Information to consumers regulations 2011 will mean that from December 2014 allergen information will have to be provided on all food (whether sold pre packed or loose).
The regulations introduce two main requirements
- Allergens must be highlighted in the ingredient lists of packaged foods.
- Allergen information must now be available for ‘loose foods’
Previously although good practice, this was not a legal requirement
Local authority enforcement officers will audit allergen control measures when carrying out inspections of catering premises.
The following are best practice guidelines:
- Ensure your staff are trained on how to prepare food for customers asking for food free of certain ingredients,that they understand the risks of allergen cross contamination and can warn customers
- Individual and group staff training is recorded in staff training file
- Have available descriptions/recipes of dishes that contain allergenic food
- Have a dedicated member of staff to deal with customer queries
- Staff understand what chef cards are and you have a policy to deal with them
- Staff are trained to recognise an allergic reaction and act appropriately
Food Allergy Course to comply with new regulations
This is a half day course,aimed to support catering businesses to comply with the new Food Allergy regulations
- Food Allergy regulations
- Food Allergy and intolerance
- Allergen cross contamination
- Effective communication and staff training
- Ingredient information
- Identifying and recording allergens
If you would like advice or training to comply with the above regulations.
Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements through the contacts page