food businesses warned as new allergy rules are launched
businesses across the Burnham-On-Sea area have this weekend been
urged to ensure they are complying with new rules that came into
force on Sarturday that require clearer food allergen information
being given to customers.
Saturday (13th December) all food businesses now have to explain
or signpost allergenic information for the food they sell and
local bakeries, cafes and restaurants who sold loose foods didn't
have to provide information about food content allergy warnings
rules have been introduced after national research found the primary
cause of food allergy deaths in the UK is allergic reactions after
food is consumed outside the home where allergenic ingredients
have not been declared.
District Council is overseeing the rules in the Burnham area and
has urged local food providers to check they comply.
new rules mean that all food businesses will need to inform customers
if any of 14 allergenic ingredients are present in the food they
make or serve," spokeswoman Sam Taylor told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
can be communicated to customers in writing on menus, verbally
through explanations by staff, or signposted to where or how more
information can be found."
the new EU rules have come into force this weekend, they were
published in October 2011 to give food businesses three years
to get ready for the new provisions."
Food Standards Agency spokesperson added: "Food allergies
affect approximately 5-8% of children and 1-2% of adults. This
means that around 2 million people in the UK are living with a
food allergy. People with food allergies can react to very small
amounts of food, such as a teaspoon of yoghurt, a single peanut
or even an egg glaze used to brush over pies."
is no cure for food allergies, so the only way for people to manage
the condition is to avoid the food that makes them ill. This is
where providing accurate food allergen labelling and information
is important, and why food businesses, local authorities and the
Food Standards Agency are all working together to ensure consumers
have clear and accurate information."
is support available from Sedgemoor District Council here
or by calling Sedgemoor Direct on 01278 435435.