Food: Allergies

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th October 2018.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance the Government has provided to local authorities on enforcing the labelling of allergen information on non-prepackaged fresh food.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

It is a legal requirement that food businesses selling non-prepacked foods, like a sit down restaurant meal, must provide accurate information on the use of allergenic ingredients. The Food Standards Agency provides guidance, tools and e-learning facilities that local authorities can use to assess compliance with the food allergen rules. They have also provided face-to-face training for enforcement officers.

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