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What does this mean? What are the 14 food allergens? How do you need to display the 14 allergens to customers and just what needs to show on your menu? See the details below - or grab a coffee & watch our video!


allergensinfo_flash_1.jpgWhat you must do to comply to the new allergen law:

The new food labeling law says you must provide information to customers on any of the 14 allergens used as ingredients in foods you make and sell. Whatever sort of catering you do this affects you. The guidance refers to: restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, delicatessens, butchers, bakeries, institutional and other types of caterers.

You must display food allergens to customers on the menu (which could make it look like it has Chicken Pox!) or if you choose not to put it on the menu you must clearly signpost where this allergen info can be obtained.

Where food businesses choose not to provide this info on the menu itself, there must be a 'statement' as to where that information can be found - eg by asking staff, in a handbook or on websites etc.


It's therefore really important to give your staff training and information on 14 allergens contained in food

How to display the 14 allergens contained in food? Information can be provided verbally as long as this has a documented back up - eg in writing or electronically.

Where food is provided as a 'buffet', the allergen info should be provided for each food item separately.

Where food is free of charge - eg giveaways on the bar, testers and samples info about the 14 allergens must be provided.

Takeaways - if your business does takeaway food - the mandatory allergen info must be made available at point of order and delivery.

Failure to comply is a criminal offence and may result in a fine - £5,000 but can convert into a fine of any amount (Section 85 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012)

NB the rules do not cover allergens from cross contamination

If you would like advice as to how to handle the regulations on the 14 Allergens - please contact us for a FREE consultation CaterCost 0208 088 1804 or email support@catercost.com

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Worried how to comply with the 14 Food Allergen Labelling Regs?

Let us make this really easy for youQR_Copy_menu.png

CaterCost users can make any of their menu's allergen and nutritional info public via a QR code.

CaterCost tracks all the allergens from supplied ingredient through sub-recipes, dishes and menu items. Even if you add just a drop of WorcesterSauce in a recipe - it will show on your menu that this dish contains 'fish' (Anchovies in Worcester Sauce)

Once you've created a menu in CaterCost - just check a box to create a unique QR code that will display your allergen info via smart phone.


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Responsibilities of the customer

Let you know about their allergy and how severe it is

To check with the waiting staff about the dish they choose (eg hidden allergen ingredients – butter, anchovies)

To be aware of likely dishes containing their allergens – eg Thai, Chinese and Indian

To seek information regarding possible cross contamination

See below for the 14 Allergens List and some things to watch out for on the label.

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Peanuts

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Label:

Ground Nuts
Beer nuts
Monkey nuts
Nut meat
Arachis oil
Kernels
Mandelonas
Peanut protein

Look out for:

Peanut oil
Peanut butter
Hydrolisedplant/vegetable protein
Cake, pudding, cereal bar
Marinades
Dressings
Sauces – satay, enchilada, gravy, Chilli

Fenugreek

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Nuts

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Label:

Almonds
Walnuts
Pecan
Brazil
Cashew
Macadamia
Pistachio
Pine Nuts
Nut Oil

Look out for:

Chocolate spread
Nut butter
Chocolates
Salad dressings
BBQ sauce
Pesto
Cerials
Crackers
Desserts
Baked goods

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Cereals containing Gluten

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Label:

Wheat
Durum wheat
Semolina
Spelt
Kamut
Eincorn
Faro
Barley
Rye
Oat
Malt
Couscous

Look out for:

Bread
Baked goods
Baking mixes
Pasta
Crackers
Cereals
Condiments
Chocolates
Sauces

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Milk

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Label:

Casein
Whey
Lactoalbumin
Lactose
Lactulose
Lactoferrin
Lactoglobulin
Milk protein hydrolysate

Look out for:

Milk
Milk powder
Buttermilk
Butter
Ghee
Yoghurt
Cream
Ice Cream
Cheese
Custard
Margarine
Chocolate
Instant Mash

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Sesame

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Label:

Benne
Benne Seed
Gingelly
Gingelly oil
Sesame seeds
Sesame oil

Look out for:

Bread
Crackers
Toasts
Dips
Hummus
Chutney
Tahini butter
Dressings
Marinades
Soups
Sauces

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Soy/Soya

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Label:

Soy flour
Soya Milk
Soya nuts
Soy oil
Soybean
Soy protein
Textured vegetable protein
Edemame
Bean curd
Tofu
Vegetable starch
Vegetable gum

Look out for:

Soy milk
Soy oil
Soy sauce
Tamari sauce
Teryaki sauce
Miso
Bean sprouts
Canned tuna
Surimi

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Molluscs

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Label:

Oysters
Snails
Squid (calamari)
Scallops
Mussels
Clams and cockles

Look out for:

Ethnic Food
Soups
Sauces

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Sulphur Dioxide (sulphites)

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Label:

E220 -228
Potassium bisulphite or metabisulphite
Sodium bisulphite
Dithionite
Metabisulphite
Sulphiting agents and sulphurous acid

Look out for:

Cooking wine
Juices
Canned frozen and dried fruit

Tomato puree/pulp/vinegar

Colourant in some meat

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Mustard

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Label:

Mustard seed
Mustard leaves
Mustard flour
Mustard oil
Sprouted mustard seeds
Mustard powder

Look out for:

Sausages and processed meat products
Spice mixes
Marinades
Soups
Sauces
Chutney
Ketchup
Piccalilli
Salad dressing
Indian food


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Celery

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Label:

Celery salt
Celery stalk
Celery leaf
Celariac
Celery seed

Look out for:

Vegetable juice
Spice mixes
Curry
Soup 
Marmite 
Bouillon 
Processed meat products 
Sausages 
Prepared Salads 
Savoury snacks

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Fish

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Label:

Anchovy
Bass
Cod
Sardine
Haddock
Plaice
Pollock
Salmon
Tuna
Turbot
Whitebait

Look out for:

Salad dressing
Num Pla
Worcestershire Sauce
Barbecue Sauce
Soups
Pizza
Dips
Gelatine
Relishes
Flavourings

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Lupin (EU common)

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Label:

Lupine
Lupin flour
Lupin seed
Lupin bean

Look out for:

Baked goods
Pastries
Waffles
Pancakes
Pasta
Vegetarian meat substitute

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Crustaceans

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Label:

Shrimp
Prawns
Crab
Crayfish
Lobster

Look out for:

Pealla
Chinese products
Prepared sauces
Soups
Fried rice
Fish paste
Num Pla

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Eggs

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Label:

Albumen
Conalbumin
Dried and powdered egg
Globulin
Livetin
Lysizyme
Ovobumin
Ovomucin
Ovotransferrin
Slico-albumate
Vitelin

Look out for:

Meringue
Mayonnaise
Pasta
Marzipan
Marshmallow
Salad dressing
Tartare Sauce
Hollandaise
Cakes and baked products
Egg glazed pastry
Some ice cream
Some custard