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Anaphylaxis resources and information for businesses.

Guidance on Food Regulation

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. The way the information is communicated to the customer depends on what kind of business they are (e.g. retail or catering), and how the food is presented. The rules differ depending on whether the food they sell is:

 

  • Prepacked (for example, labelled food sold at retail)

 

  • Prepacked for direct sale (for example, sandwiches prepared and wrapped on-site before the customer has selected/ordered)

 

  • Non-prepacked/loose food (for example food sold in restaurants and takeaways, or packed at the customer’s request, such as at in-store bakery and delicatessen counters)

Managing allergies in the workplace

If someone on your team has severe allergies, there are steps you can take to make the environment safe and learn what to do in an emergency.

Creating a working environment where employees can safely do their jobs is part of an employer’s Duty of Care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

 

Use this guide for employers and employees so that people with allergies can be safe at work.

Food Allergen Awareness

The Greater Gwent Food Group, a partnership between Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport City and Torfaen councils has released a new multilingual allergen resource for food businesses in Wales, England and Northern Ireland to help protect the estimated two million plus people living with a diagnosed food allergy in the UK.

 

The resources are freely available for use by all local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Food Allergen Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)

Findings of the Expert Group on ‘Food Allergen Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)’ into a Guidance document which provides tools and approaches to help harmonize the data gathering process for food allergen risk assessments and therefore aid with their implementation. This Guidance aims to promote consistency in documentation, decision making and the application of allergen QRA.

 

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