Businesses warned on food information move

Environmental services convener Helen McKenna
Environmental services convener Helen McKenna

Businesses in North Lanarkshire have been reminded of new measures forcing them to provide information on allergens used in their food products.

New European Union regulation means food labels must list any of 14 allergens used as ingredients in a product. Restaurants, cafes and fast food operators must also provide this information for their customers.

Food businesses will have a legal responsibility to provide the correct allergen information about ingredients in the food they make or serve and the new rules will be enforced by local authorities.

The 14 allergens that need to be identified if they are used as ingredients in a dish are - celery, cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs, mustard, nuts, peanuts, soya, sesame seeds, and sulphur dioxide.

North Lanarkshire Council environmental services convener Councillor Helen McKenna said: “For people with food allergies, eating certain ingredients can have extremely serious consequences so it’s vital they know exactly what’s in their food.

“These new regulations will give consumers more information to help them avoid the ingredients that cause an allergic reaction, whether they’re eating out or at home.

“Our Business Regulation team has provided information and advice to food businesses in North Lanarkshire to help them prepare for the regulations.”