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Food allergens

Sources of business and consumer advice about allergens.

In partnership with Amber Valley Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council we've launched a video, poster and advice on food allergen management for caterers to raise awareness of the legal issues around serving food that contains allergens.

The food allergens poster is available from Amber Valley Borough Council. Food allergen management for caterers is attached to this page.

The new video is easy to follow and shows the major areas to think about in your food business when serving foods that contain allergens. It can be used as a starting point for more information and as a reminder of the controls needed for staff.

Business and consumer advice

Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency has produced resources for allergen which includes online training and guidance leaflets for businesses and consumers.

The 'Allergen information for loose foods' leaflet has been translated into a further 9 languages. They are attached to this page.

Allergen management and labelling for pre-packed foods (May contain labelling) provides best practice guidance on managing food allergens with particular reference to avoiding cross-contamination and using appropriate advisory labelling.

Food allergy online training.

Safer food, better business (SFBB) is an innovative and practical approach to food safety management. It has been developed to help small businesses put in place food safety management procedures and comply with food hygiene regulations. SFBB includes advice about allergens management.

Business Companion

Business Companion has a wide range of leaflets on a variety of Trading Standards matters. Further information on allergens can be found in the food section.

Other organisations is an organisation set up by specialists in their field to provide bespoke and accredited allergy courses and allergen management consultancy to the food industry.

The organisation also supports trainers delivering food safety and allergy courses.

Allergy UK

Allergy UK is the leading national charity dedicated to supporting people with food allergies.

Allergy UK provides up to date information on all aspects of allergy, food intolerance and chemical sensitivity.

Anaphylaxis Campaign

The Anaphylaxis Campaign is an independent charity guided by UK allergists.

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction to peanuts and other foods. The campaign's purpose is to help people at risk from severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign is a membership-based organisation which provides information and support, primarily to its members and to potential members, but also to the media, health professionals and food companies.

Coeliac UK

Coeliac UK is an independent charity working for people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH).

Its mission is to improve the lives of people living with the condition through support, campaigning and research.

Its vision is that the needs of people with coeliac disease and DH are universally recognised and met.

Natasha's Law

From 1 October 2021, the law will require all food businesses (from small independent shops through to national retailers) to label food that is Prepacked for Direct Sale (PPDS) with a name of the food, and a full ingredients list that emphasises the presence of allergens.

PPDS food, is food that is packed at the premises from which it is sold before a customer selects it. The change in the law, referred to as 'Natasha's Law' was brought in following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering an allergic reaction from a baguette that she purchased. It is hoped that the new law will help ensure the future tragedies are prevented.

You can find out more about what the changes mean for your business by visiting the Food Standards Agency and the Nationwide Caterers Association

Or our Trading Standards Service will provide bespoke advice which can be requested by completing a business advice request form.

Watch a video on UK Prepacked for Direct Sale Rules which explains the labelling rules.