Since 2014, we (us in the catering business) have been required by law to declare all use of allergens in the food we supply - but many of our customers ask what they are and what it’s all about so we thought we’d explain!
There are 14 key ingredients that our customers need to be warned about as they are commonly cited as food that can trigger an allergic reaction. These are:
cereals that contain gluten – including wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan), rye, barley and oats
crustaceans – such as prawns, crabs and lobsters
molluscs – such as mussels and oysters
tree nuts – including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts
sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than ten parts per million)
[Source: Food Standards Agency - food.gov.uk]
Obviously, for us, we should have any specific allergies flagged up with every order we receive so we can plan accordingly. Creating special versions of popular dishes can often be done but where it can’t, we’ll provide an alternative that is safe to be enjoyed. These will be marked, set aside and presented separately so there is no risk of any allergens crossing over.
If you are unsure about any products we deliver to you, always check with us and we’ll identify the ingredients – all of our staff are trained to do this and have 100% knowledge of the ingredients we use.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know, do ask us – allergens are part of everyday life for us and we are only too pleased to accommodate any special requests.