From 13 December 2014, the way allergen information appears on labels and food that is pre-packed, sold loose or served out of home is about to change. Operators need to start thinking about how this will affect their businesses, if they haven't done so already.
The new law means all operators must provide details of whether their food contains common allergens, including gluten, crustaceans, molluscs, eggs, fish, peanuts, nuts, soybeans, milk, celery, mustard, sesame, lupin and sulphur dioxide at levels above 10mg/kg. Foodservice businesses will need to provide this information for any foods they sell without packaging or wrapping – whether on the menu or if asked by customers.
This may sound like a headache, but Unilever Food Solutions is here to help. UFS has devised an online training guide to advise operators on what they need to know about these regulations as well as hints and tips for ensuring a smooth transition for both operators and their customers.
UFS has published more information on its website about this important topic, to ensure everyone is ready for the new regulations.
Visit www.ufs.com to find out more and to download the new Allergens & Diet guide.