Restaurants urged to display allergen infoÂ
RESTAURANTS and takeaways are being urged to check that they are meeting legal requirements when declaring and labelling allergens.Â
Leader of Hampshire County Council Roy PerryÂ said: '˜It is vitally important that allergy sufferers can be provided withÂ 100 per centÂ accurate information about allergens.Â
'˜This year Hampshire'sÂ Trading Standards Service has been carrying out intelligence-led inspectionsÂ around the county to see how adequately information is provided.Â Worryingly, manyÂ businesses did not haveÂ aÂ system in place thatÂ officers were confident would work effectively.Â I'd urge businesses to come to Trading Standards for advice if they are unsure how to meet industry regulations.'
Guidance from the Food Standards AgencyÂ states that information onÂ 14 allergensÂ should be recorded in various ways, such as product specification sheets; ingredients labels; and recipes, in order to comply with national regulations.Â
During 2018/19 Hampshire Trading Standards is aiming to carry out more than 500 visitsÂ to assess allergen information.Â Â Â