A survey by Newry Council has found that 37 out of 63 takeaway meals sampled failed a test for the presence of milk. One out of 17 samples tested showed signs of undeclared meat. The survey was done between December 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023 in an initiative led by Europol and Interpol and were presented to Newry Council’s environment committee this October.
A council officer told the chamber: “In relation to the outcome of this survey there are plans in place to work with food business to increase their awareness around providing allergen free food and making sure the necessary controls are in place.
“There is a plan to bring the relevant business together in the area to seminars in relation to allergen controls in their premises.”
Simon Williams, CEO Anaphylaxis UK said “It is disheartening to hear that over half of takeaways sampled in this survey are getting allergen management so wrong. It is vital that people with food allergies have access to food that is safe for them to eat and we will continue to work with the food industry to raise awareness and highlight how critical it is to fully comply with allergen and food safety regulations and guidance.” For more information about allergen and food safety regulations and what to do if things go wrong see our eating out guide.
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