New labelling and catering allergy laws came in on 13th December, which should help people with allergies to see if their pre-packed or foods in restaurants, bars and cafes are safe for them to eat. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here as our friends at Foodsmatter have covered it all. But do start here by reading how people reacted horribly to our friend and colleague Ruth from What Allergy when she was interviewed about the new regulations and what they would mean for her – an anaphylactic – on BBC Breakfast. I was staggered by some of the uncaring and ignorant comments!:
For more on the new regs themselves, start here:
Allergen Labelling – how what you see on labels will look from now on.
Note that the top 14 allergens that have to be listed have not changed. But, they now have to be labelled in a consistent fashion and all catered/prepared meals must now list which, if any allergens they contain and if there is a risk of cross-contamination in their kitchens for any of them.
About flippin time!