Food allergens and food safety

Advice about food safety and allergens.

There are ten common allergens.  These contribute to over 90% of food allergies and are legally required to be declared on labels.
A food allergy is a response by the body to a protein that the body “thinks” is harmful.
There is no cure for a food allergy.  The only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid eating the food containing the protein.
There is no safe limit for exposure to an allergen.
Always treat an allergy request seriously. Ensure your staff know what ingredients are in the food you make or sell.
Knowing your food products and effectively communicating product information is the key to ensuring safety of your customers with food allergies.
Make sure you and your staff are up to date with your food safety training.

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