There has been a 44% increase in home-based food businesses since the start of the first lockdown, according to a new centralised online registration system used by nearly 200 local authorities, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed. The FSA also said that the growth of at-home food businesses is a concern, particularly as this poses an extra risk for the allergic community.
If you have a food allergy, it is now more important than ever before to take extra precautions when ordering food, particularly if the food business is new to providing food via distance selling.
There are strict laws covering the provision of allergen information in foods and you can read a detailed guide on our website here
When providing food through distance selling, businesses must provide allergen information about any of the 14 major EU allergens in the foods they prepare and serve whether that is ordered through an online platform or app, or over the telephone.
The allergen information must be available to you at two stages through the ordering process.
If you have concerns that a food business is not complying with these laws, you can report the business to your local Trading Standards.
Here’s some tips to help you prepare and stay safe.
Don’t forget that as a member of Anaphylaxis Campaign you can input your reviews of the places you’ve ordered food from, with regard to their allergy understanding and read existing member reviews of the best and the worst of your local eateries. Click here to leave your review now
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