It is a legal requirement for food business operators to provide allergen information to consumers for both prepacked and non-prepacked food and drink.
There are 14 allergens which must be handled, controlled and managed effectively during food preparation, to ensure food is safe for consumers with allergies.
Accurate allergen information, safe food preparation and hygiene practices must be in place to avoid cross-contamination.
Food businesses need to tell customers if any food they provide, contains any of the listed allergens as an ingredient.
The 14 allergens are: celery, cereals containing gluten (such as barley and oats), crustaceans (such as prawns, crabs and lobsters), eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs (such as mussels and oysters), mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites and tree nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts).
A variety of resources including online training and guidance for food businesses is available on the Food Standard Agency’s website,
In addition, Derbyshire Trading Standards have produced in partnership with Amber Valley District Council and South Derbyshire District Council, an allergen video, poster and management checklist, to raise awareness of the legal issues around serving food that contains allergens. This can be down loaded from Derbyshire County Council’s website