Allergic reactions can be life- threatening and must be taken very seriously by those working in the catering industry. The most common dietary cause of severe reactions are peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. walnut, almond, hazelnut, brazil, pistachio, cashew, macadamia and pecan) egg and shellfish. However, any food has the potential to cause a severe reaction – not just nuts.
Eating out can be a risk for someone with a food allergy. Eating food prepared by others always carries an element of risk for someone with a food allergy. In December 2014, new regulations came into place. These are known as the European Food Information to Consumers Regulation No 1169/2011 (FIC). These regulations are a legal requirement and provide a framework for catering outlets to abide by, to ensure that information on all of the top 14 allergens is available to customers with a food allergy.
Please check with me and your guests in regards to allergies!
Top 14 Food Allergens
4. Tree nuts
7. Crustaceans a type of shell fish
9. Gluten containing grains
10. Molluscs a type of shellfish