Food labelling and allergens:-
Food standards and labelling information for businesses
We are responsible for enforcing the wealth of legislation which regulates the composition and labelling of foods manufactured and sold to both consumers and caterers.
Advances in food technology have enabled a wider variety of food to reach supermarket shelves. They also represent an opportunity to use this technology to replace traditional expensive ingredients with cheaper inferior ones.
Vegetable protein can be retextured to look like meat, colourings added to make mechanically recovered food appear more palatable, and perishable food irradiated to extend shelf life.
Trading Standards officers control abuse by checking that food labels and composition comply with the law. Retail food premises are inspected to ensure that the law relating to food quality is complied with and products are not sold after their "use by" date.
More information and advice about Food standards and labelling can be found on the Business Link Website and Trading Standards Business Companion Website
Top tips for ordering an allergy-safe takeaway
- Be allergy aware – Find out if anyone in the group you’re ordering for has a food allergy.
- Speak to the restaurant every time – If ordering by app, don’t rely on the in-app messaging service. Call the restaurant directly and make sure they understand the allergy. Remember to ask, even when ordering the usual, because the recipe, ingredients, chef or kitchen staff may have changed.
- Be clear – Give examples of food that could cause a reaction and be clear about the allergy.
- Ask the restaurant to label the allergy-safe meal – Make sure the container will be labelled so that it’s clear when the meal arrives and there’s no risk of cross-contamination.
- Follow your instincts – If the person you’re ordering from doesn’t understand the allergy or intolerance, ask to speak to the manager. If you still don’t feel confident, consider ordering elsewhere.
- Don’t feel embarrassed – There is no need to feel awkward asking about allergy. Food business are legally required to make allergen information available when you order and when the food is delivered.