Call for catering and hospitality operators to closely review how they manage allergens in January 2019
Throughout 2018 the media has been featuring prosecutions and opened the doors to many organisations who continue to flout the EU FIC law. Public awareness of food safety and allergen failures has caused a huge swell of interest, that will ultimately result in some businesses losing business.
There will be a “strengthening of the regulatory framework” in the UK and Allergen Accredited businesses will adapt any new measures that may come from this. Likewise, our views (That of Allergen Accreditation’s members) “will be welcome” as part of the Government’s and the Food Standards Agency’s consultations.
About regulations, the EU and where the UK will be in the Spring of 2019. Let’s be clear-allergen compliance and the law will not go away and if anything with the ever-increasing amount of people with allergies and intolerances We all need to improve our allergen standards and customer service to those affected. Our goal some years back, and still our mission today, is to make the UK and Ireland global leaders in the safe management of allergens!
The community of Allergen Accredited businesses continue to retain the highest standards and are dedicated to supporting all businesses across the UK and Ireland.
In recognition of this we have assembled a brief but useful Resource Pack to act as a refresher, reminder or to enable a new training and development strategy for your business to ensure you are on track with the safe management of food allergens.
Our Chef Tips are full of useful and practical ideas and be sure to download our Kitchen and Management posters!
Whatever type of business you run you do need to be compliant to protect your business and the patrons that you serve.
The management of allergens is a daily task for you. In January we ask that you look at what you do, how you manage allergens and to get your teams refreshed and alert to this essential part of working in catering and hospitality.
Your mission is to take on board one, two, three or more tasks! This could be training, reminders to staff, review your supply chain, customer promotion or even find out more about anaphylaxis as part of your emergency policies. Whatever you do- please share it on Twitter with the hash tag #allerjanuary. Oh, and follow us on @AllergenAwareUK
Andy Jones, chair of the PS100 group says: “Making people, including caterers, more aware of allergens with campaigns and materiel’s like this is essential in ensuring our staff are trained and kept up to date with current issues & legislation. I would urge all in the catering sector not just to use these tools but to share them with others.”
Neel Radia, national chairman, National Association of Care Catering says: “The NACC supports chefs and caterers in the care sector with information, advice and training to ensure they can confidently and safely manage food allergens. We therefore welcome any industry activity, like Allergen Accreditation’s initiative, that raises awareness and understanding and offers further support.”
About Allergen Accreditation:
This is the UK and Ireland (the Statutory Instrument (S.I.) No. 489 of 2014-for Ireland) Professional Standard for all catering businesses for the safe management of food allergens. Any catering business can access our validated framework and apply to have their allergen systems and procedures evaluated and verified. The scheme covers the EU FIC (European Union Food Information for Consumers 1169/2011 Regulations), Full Allergen Disclosure and Food Allergen Customer Excellence. It is a contributing organisation to The Anaphylaxis Campaign.
Allergen Accreditation is the operational name of Food Service Allergen Management Limited