Changes to Food Allergen Labelling Regulations
From 13th December 2014, you will need to provide information to customers on the 14 most common allergens that may be used as ingredients in any food you provide to the public, including “unpackaged” food such as complimentary biscuits or breakfast.
This information could be written down on a chalk board or menu or provided orally by a member of staff. You may decide it is not practical to provide specific allergen information upfront. This is acceptable IF you provide clear signposting to where customers can obtain the information, at the point they are choosing their food.
For example, businesses could put a clear notice on their menus such as: “Food Allergies and Intolerances: Before you order your food and drinks, please speak to our staff if you want to know about our ingredients."
This information needs to be easily visible, legible and not hidden or obscured.
Further information and a guide on how to comply with the new legislation is available on the Food Standards Agency website.