Food Allergies and Allergens in food

Allergies are serious or even fatal to many people.  You have a duty to declare certain allergens and to know enough about them to warn customers.

Food may not be placed on the market if it is UNSAFE. Unsafe means either unfit or injurious to health. For people who suffer allergic reactions to some foods, that food is unsafe. Current law requires pre-packed food labels to declare any of the fourteen recognised allergens that are included as ingredients.

May contain labelling

Details of when, where and in what format allergen labelling should appear on product packaging and your duties regarding loose foods (restaurant meals etc) containing allergens are covered in our allergens advice sheet. The potential for cross contamination in food production, official guidance on when to use "May Contain" and practical examples of allergen food safety issues and their outcomes are included.

There is also a template for allergen declarations for loose foods which satisfies current rules.

For more information on see Food Allergies page.