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Food allergens

By law, food business must provide information about 14 major allergenic ingredients used in any food they sell or serve. This applies to food businesses that sell or serve loose food, such as:

  • meals in a café or restaurant
  • food they wrap themselves such as loose bread rolls, sandwiches, cakes, deli products and takeaways
  • institutional catering (eg in schools, hospitals and care homes).

Details of the allergens must be clearly listed in an obvious place such as:

  • label
  • menu
  • blackboard
  • information pack

If allergen information is not provided upfront, customers must be signposted to where it could be obtained, either in a written or oral format.

The 14 allergens to identify

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs
  • Mustard
  • Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame
  • Soya
  • Sulphur dioxide (sometimes known as sulphites)

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