The Rock Pub and Bed and Breakfast, Blackwood, Gwent, has been prosecuted for failing to provide allergen information, following an investigation by Caerphilly Council Trading Standards Service.
Trading Standards were alerted to an incident that took place at the pub in August 2022, where Paul Taylor, proprietor of the Rock Pub, did not provide allergen information to a member of the public who had a serious food allergy.
It was reported that Trading Standards Officers inspected the business and gave Paul advice and a formal warning. On 28 November 2022 trading standards officers returned to conduct a test purchase. They asked for dairy allergen information which Paul did not provide and referred officers to a disclaimer in the menu stating ‘We are unable to cater for customers with food allergies’.
Paul entered a written guilty plea to Cwmbran Magistrates Court and was fined £293 and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £1,879.70 and victim surcharge of £117.
In the UK, food businesses must provide information about any of 14 major allergens when they are used as ingredients in the food and drink they provide. More information of food regulation can be found in our Business Section.
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