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Food businesses reminded of importance of providing clear ingredients information


As Valentine's Day approaches and restaurant bookings increase, food outlets in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of providing clear ingredients information.


Trading Standards officers at Staffordshire County Council are helping local food businesses understand the rules and their responsibilities around food allergen labelling.


Anyone eating in a restaurant, bar or takeaway has the right to receive allergen information, either in written format or verbally. This should include the name of the food and a full list of ingredients, with any of the 14 major allergens emphasised in the list.


Food allergies can range from mild to life-threatening. The most common food allergens include peanuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. These allergens can cause an allergic reaction if they are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with skin.


Natasha’s law, which came into force in 2019 also saw the introduction of new rules where prepacked food is being sold. In these circumstances, clear labelling must be provided.


Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said: “Making sure that food outlets are aware of the strict rules around providing ingredients information is an important part of the Trading Standards team’s job.


“Unfortunately, we have seen cases in the county where people have been harmed having had an allergic reaction after eating food products, so we’re keen to prevent this and protect consumers wherever possible.”

People with food allergies should also read ingredient labels carefully, ask about the ingredients in meals, and be aware of cross-contamination risks when eating in restaurants or at social gatherings.


Additionally, those with serious allergies should carry emergency medications with them at all times. It is also recommended that they inform their dining companions, servers and chefs of their allergies to ensure their safety.


People can report cases where food is not correctly labelled to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08082231133.


Further information about food allergies is available at Allergy UK.




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