You may have noticed that restaurants, cafes and everyone serving food now have signs advising you that their food could contain allergens. This is because on the 13th December 2014 it became law that all UK Food Service Providers have to provide information relating to 14 of the most common foods to cause allergic reactions.
The 14 allergens that must be labelled or indicated as being present in foods are:
- Cereals containing gluten such as wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt or khorasan
- Crustaceans for example prawns, crabs, lobster, crayfish
- Milk (including lactose)
- Nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia (or Queensland) nuts
- Celery (including celeriac)
- Sesame seeds
- Sulphur dioxide (>10mg/kg or 10mg/L)
- Molluscs for example clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid
- This is potentially good news for people with food intolerances and allergies, but there is currently no obligation for Food Service Providers to undergo any training on first aid for allergic reactions and anaphylaxis – hopefully this will change.