Food Allergen legislation

What does it mean for Childcare settings?

The regulations coming into force from mid December 2014 covers a whole raft of labeling legislation for pre packed food which ordinarily would not affect the childcare sector.

The main changes affecting food sold loose or sold directly to the consumer (this includes food prepared by settings for consumption by the children and staff) by the person preparing the food are:

If the food contains any of the named 14 allergenic ingredients this will need to be declared to consumers.

This may be on labels, noticeboards, menus or verbally on request by the consumer.

The presence of additives no longer need to be declared

The name of the food is not required under the European legislation but may be required by UK provisions.

The 14 substances or products causing allergies or intolerances are:

  • Fish
  • Crustaceans
  • Molluscs
  • Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Soybeans
  • Celery (including celeriac) , Mustard
  • Sesame seeds
  • Lupin, Lupin flour, uncommon in UK though widely used in Europe
  • Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites (at concentrations more than 10mg/kg)
  • Cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, Barley, oats, spelt, kamut)

Please note that the legislation does NOT state that the 14 allergens must be avoided, just that children’s parents need to be made aware of the allergens.

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