Why do allergens matter?

Allergies are serious. Some people experience an adverse reaction when exposed to allergenic ingredients in certain foods. Severe reactions will require emergency expert help from a trained paramedic, often using injectable adrenaline.

Sadly about 10 people die in the UK from anaphylaxis induced by a food allergy every year. On top of that, asthma causes about 1,500 deaths. Who knows how many are as a result of a food allergy?

Getting it wrong with allergenic ingredients can be dangerous and, in some cases, life-threatening. That’s why proper food labelling is so important; you should be doing all you can to keep your customers from danger.

Please use all of our free information to give you peace of mind that you are doing your all to keep the public safe from harm.

To gain a more in-depth understanding of allergens, please check out our Allergen Awareness training course. This course has been developed by industry experts and provides vital information on allergens. Upon completion of the course you will be confident that you and your staff are complying with UK allergen laws and doing everything possible to keep your customers safe. 

How to Trade Legally:

What are the 14 main allergens?

Essential to managing allergens effectively, you must be able to correctly identify what the 14 main allergens are.

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Allergen management – what are EHOs looking for?

Allergens are of paramount importance during a food hygiene inspection, but what exactly will an EHO be looking for?

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All things allergens: Interview with ANI

We talk with NCASS partner ANI about all things allergens in the hospitality industry and further steps we can take to manage allergens better.

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Pre-Packed for Direct Sale (PPDS / Natasha’s Law)

PPDS is also know as Natasha’s Law and must be followed from the 1st of October 2021.

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Your Guide to Natasha’s Law (PPDS)

Coming into effect in October 2021, the law will require ALL food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods packaged for sale on the premises.

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FSA updates Allergen Guidance

The Food Standards Agency has updated its Technical Guidance on Food allergen labelling. This includes details of the new labelling requirements for Food Prepared for Direct Sale (PPDS).

What are the updates?

The FREE Allergen Toolkit

The NCASS Allergen Toolkit tells you all about the law & what you need to do to trade legally.

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Your Allergen Table


The most important document you need to trade legally under EU allergen labelling legislation. Download yours (Membership ID and Password required)

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What are the 14 allergens?

Food traders have to be able to tell customers which of the 14 major allergens listed by the Food Standards Agency are present in their menu items.

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NCASS TV: Allergen video


Bob runs you through everything you need to know about the 14 major allergens.

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‘Free-from’ labelling guidance


Want to know how to make
‘free-from’ allergen claims? Read this!

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General labelling requirements


Labelling requirements depend on how and where food is sold. Read this!

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Nutrition labelling guidance

Do you sell pre-packed foods in large quantities? Are you already providing nutrition information on your labelling? Make sure you comply with nutrition labelling legislation.

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Allergen Legislation Dec 2014

Legislation concerning allergen information labelling came in on December 13th 2014.

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