Food allergens

Improved food labelling information for consumers

Food businesses such as restaurants, cafes, and takeaways by law must tell customers if any of the main 14 food allergen ingredients are in the food they serve. This means consumers can feel confident to ask about allergenic ingredients when eating out. 

The 14 allergens range from widely known ingredients such as peanuts and milk, to less widely recognised ones such as  mustard and lupin seeds. Food businesses have some flexibility on how they provide the allergen information. It can be given verbally by staff or in writing for example, on menus or in additional leaflets.

This should reduce the number of reactions caused by people accidentally eating food they are allergic to.

The Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (FIR) have also improved the way allergy information appears on labelling for pre-packed foods bought in shops.

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