Important information regarding the new rules concerning food allergens

Posted on: December 10, 2014

Important information regarding the new rules concerning food allergens from 13 December 2014

From 13 December 2014, all food businesses including early years settings and childminders will need to provide allergen information on the foods they sell or provide. Food allergens pose a significant risk to consumers with allergic conditions, which may even be life threatening. Children are particularly vulnerable because of their reduced level of control over the foods they eat.

Can you please make sure that the office is kept up-to-date with any medical information that may be relevant to your child? It is essential that we keep our records updated and we rely heavily on parents keeping us informed.

There are 14 allergens currently listed under food law that Herman Academy will declare. These are:

  • ·         cereals containing gluten, eg wheat (including spelt and khorasan), rye, barley and oats and their hybridised strains
  • ·         crustaceans, eg prawns, crab and lobster
  • ·         eggs
  • ·         fish
  • ·         peanuts
  • ·         soybeans
  • ·         milk
  • ·         nuts, eg almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, cashew, macadamia nuts or Queensland nuts
  • ·         celery (including celeriac)
  • ·         mustard
  • ·         sesame
  • ·         sulphur dioxide/sulphites (preservatives used in some foods and drinks) at levels above 10mg per kg or per litre
  • ·         lupin
  • ·         molluscs, eg clams, mussels, whelks oysters, snails and squid

This text has been taken from the Food Standards Agency. For further details please see the links below:

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Business/Trading_Standards/Business_advice/Food_standards/Food_Information_Regulations/Allergens/Allergens_in_non-prepacked_food/index.htm

https://www.food.gov.uk/science/allergy-intolerance/label

http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/multimedia/pdfs/publication/thinkallergy.pdf

https://www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/caterers/startingup/childminders

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