The new regulation, which will come into force in December 2014 introduces a requirement that your businesses must provide information about allergenic ingredients used in any food you sell or provide.
As you are aware that the new regulation brought EU rules on general and nutrition labelling together into a single regulation to simplify and consolidate existing labelling legislation. Most of the provisions of the new rules, specifically the highlighting of allergens in the list of ingredients and its information provision on non pre-packed foods, including those sold in restaurants and cafes, including the catering sector will apply from 13 December 2014.
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. Childcare providers are responsible for making sure that they have allergen information to provide for the food they serve and that this is accurate, consistent and verifiable.
The provision of allergen information concerns any foods bought from a shop and unpackaged foods including home-cooked meals.
Childcare providers will need to put systems in place to ensure that children with food allergies are served food that is safe for them.
The Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers and other useful resources can be found at www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1855/contents/made.