Posted on Friday 11th February 2022
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and romantic meals out being planned, people and food businesses are being reminded of the importance of clear ingredient information.
Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards service is working with local food businesses to ensure they understand the rules and their responsibilities around food allergen and ingredients labelling.
Anyone eating in a restaurant, bar or takeaway has the right to receive allergen information, either in written format or verbally.
This should include the name of the food and a full list of ingredients, with any of the 14 major allergens emphasised in the list.
The reminder follows new rules introduced last year, also known as Natasha’s Law, which now requires businesses to label all food known as pre-packed for direct sale.
Officers are also keen to remind those with food allergies or intolerances to check that food ordered does not contain an ingredient which would harm them.
Speaking about the issue, Victoria Wilson said:
“This is a busy time of year for restaurants and food businesses, which is why we’re working closely with them to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities.
“There have been important changes to the rules around allergies and proper labelling of food items over the last few years.
"We also saw the introduction of Natasha’s law last year too which means that where food is being sold prepacked, clear labelling must be provided.
"This gives a clear indication to the purchaser of any allergens that the food may contain.
“Unfortunately we have seen cases in Staffordshire where customers have been hospitalised, having had an allergic reaction after eating food products, so we’re keen to prevent this and protect consumers wherever possible.”
Trading Standards officers conduct inspections of food premises throughout the year to provide advice and support.
People should report any cases where food is not correctly labelled to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08082231133.
People can also find out more information here.