SKDC to hold food allergen workshops in Grantham and Stamford

SKDC news.
SKDC news.

The district council is continuing to help food businesses implement the new rules on allergens through a series of workshops in Grantham and Stamford.

The sessions run by South Kesteven District Council will help food businesses check their responsibilities as to how they can verbally explain or signpost allergenic information for the food they sell or provide.

Spaces are available at the following sessions:

* In the Newton Room, Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, September 29 at 1pm, October 26 at 10am, November 10 at 6pm and November 25 at 10am.

* At Stamford Arts Centre: September 16 at 1pm and October 14 at 1pm.

Food businesses may request a place on these workshops by visiting www.southkesteven.gov.uk/foodallergens emailing healthy@southkesteven.gov.uk or calling 01476 406080.

Since December 2014, when supermarket bakeries, delis, cafes, restaurants, takeaways and other food outlets sell loose foods, they have had to provide information to customers about food allergens when asked.

Allergens produce an abnormally vigorous immune response in some people which leads to the body fighting off a perceived threat that would otherwise be harmless to the body, commonly known as an allergy. Food allergies can cause life-threatening reactions and the number of people with this condition is growing.

The new rules now mean that all food businesses have to inform customers if any of 14 allergenic ingredients are present in the food they make or serve. This can be communicated to customers in writing on menus, verbally through explanations by staff or signposted to where or how more information can be found.

The new EU rules are now in force. However, they were published in October 2011 to give food businesses three years to get ready for the new provisions.

Local authorities are working together with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to make sure businesses know what to do and how to provide safe food for those with food allergies and intolerances.