Propel Morning Briefing

Restaurants warned of forthcoming allergen rules

Restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars and army canteens could risk large fines if they do not state precisely which dishes contain celery, fish and eggs as part of new EU restrictions.

The Food Standards Agency is introducing new laws that will require anywhere that sells pre-prepared and non-packed food to specify if food contains any ingredients in a list of the EU’s 14 “top allergens”, including eggs, celery, milk and gluten. Anywhere that does not comply with the regulations could be fined by the Environment Agency.

The new rules are being introduced by Brussels to help people who are allergic to specific foods. The new regulations, which come into force in December this year, mean it will no longer be acceptable for cafes and wine bars to state on menus that they do not know if allergens are present, or that they “could” be present.


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