Are you a food business? Do you sell foods that you wrap yourself? Do you trade unpackaged foods? Do you provide meals in a café or restaurant? Yes? Then you need to know about the European Union Food Information for Consumers regulation which came into force on 13th December 2014.

How to Trade Legally:

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 #14allergens?

 

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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You must keep your staff informed

Don’t forget to share your new allergens knowledge with all of your staff. Everyone on your premises must know what to do if a customer asks about allergens. Staff training is covered in the Toolkit.

Your staff need to know where to find your allergen information or already know which allergens are present in each of your dishes. Make sure everyone knows what to do under the new rules.

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.

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