If you have a food allergy or intolerance, when you order a takeaway or visit a restaurant it’s imperative that you have all the information you need to make a safe food choice. We’ve listed some things you should think about before ordering a meal.
Allergic reactions can be life threatening and must be taken very seriously by those working in the catering industry. The most common dietary cause of severe reactions are peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. walnut, almond, hazelnut, brazil, pistachio, cashew, macadamia and pecan) egg and shellfish. However, any food has the potential to cause a severe reaction – not just nuts.
Eating out Can Be a Risk for someone with a Food Allergy. Eating food prepared by others always carries an element of risk for someone with a food allergy. In December 2014, new regulations came into place. These are known as the European Food Information to Consumers Regulation No 1169/2011 (FIC). These regulations are a legal requirement and provide a framework for catering outlets to abide by, to ensure that information on all of the top 14 allergens is available to customers with a food allergy.
In the UK, food businesses must tell you if they use any of the 14 key allergens as ingredients in the food and drink, they provide.
Food businesses include restaurants, cafés and takeaways, and businesses that produce, manufacture or pre-pack food.
The 14 allergens that they need to declare are:
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