RESTAURANTS and takeaways are being urged to check that they are meeting legal requirements when declaring and labelling allergens.
Leader of Hampshire County Council Roy Perry said: ‘It is vitally important that allergy sufferers can be provided with 100 per cent accurate information about allergens.
‘This year Hampshire’s Trading Standards Service has been carrying out intelligence-led inspections around the county to see how adequately information is provided. Worryingly, many businesses did not have a system in place that officers were confident would work effectively. 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 Agency states that information on 14 allergens should be recorded in various ways, such as product specification sheets; ingredients labels; and recipes, in order to comply with national regulations.
During 2018/19 Hampshire Trading Standards is aiming to carry out more than 500 visits to assess allergen information.