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Food Allergens


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As a business you are legally obliged to provide customers with information about allergens within your food.
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New legislation came into force in December 2014 called the Food Information (Wales) Regulations, which places a responsibility on food businesses to inform customers if any of the 14 prescribed allergens below are used within a dish.

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs
  • Mustard
  • Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Soya
  • Sulphur dioxide

Please Note: There are other food allergens that people may suffer from and care must also be taken to cater for their needs if they make the business aware of such an allergy.

What do I need to do?

  • These 14 allergens must be clearly listed in an obvious place such as a menu, chalkboard or information pack.
  • Should such information not be on display, the business must indicate how such information can be obtained e.g.
    "Please speak to our staff about the ingredients in your meal, when making your order"
  • You must train your staff about allergy requirements. You can find free training online at the Food Standards Agency website.

Advice and Guidance

The Food Standards Agency has developed various resources to assist businesses to comply with the regulations varying from posters, leaflets, recipe cards as well as free online allergen training.

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