New food labeling rules state that businesses selling or manufacturing food must provide consumers with allergens, traceability and ‘best before’ information.
From 13 December 2014, a new piece of European legislation, called the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) means allergen information must be provided in a clearer and more consistent way on prepacked and loose food, making it easier for consumers to make safer choices when buying food or eating out.
If you are a food manufacturer you would expect to be aware of the changes, but the new legislation also applies to any food business selling loose food or in food service. That would include school canteens, cafes, restaurants, takeaways, and importantly outside caterers, many of which according to recent surveys, are unaware of how the new legislation will affect their business.
The Food Standards Agency has provided guidance on the new rules and it can be found on their website