On Thursday 30th May, The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health published an article calling for allergen hygiene to be scored in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and national guidance provided on how allergen responsibilities are split between environmental health and trading standards.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign believes that the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme needs to be made fit for purpose for the allergic community. At present the scheme provides consumers with information about hygiene standards which allow consumers to make informed choices about the places they eat at. Individuals with a food allergy are not able to make informed choices about a food business based on their compliance with allergen labelling laws. Inclusion of a food business’ compliance with legislation relating to allergens and their allergen management will go some way to improving allergic consumers’ confidence in a food business and highlight the importance of compliance with food business operators.