Allergens

Allergens

The rise of food intolerances and allergies is having a profound impact on the hospitality industry, with restaurants, pub and hotels forced to adapt menus to accommodate changing dietary requirements. We have rounded up the latest news on the topic, including the lowdown on the new allergen labelling laws coming into effect from 13 December 2014.

How to cater for customers following gluten-free diets

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How to cater for customers following gluten-free diets

By Kathryn Miller

On the first day of Coeliac UK Awareness Week, Coeliac UK's head of food policy Kathryn Miller, outlines the practical steps hospitality operators can take to cater for customers following a gluten-free diet. 

Report: Restaurant staff not taking allergy requests seriously enough

Report: Restaurant staff not taking allergy requests seriously enough

By Emma Eversham

Restaurant owners are being urged to do more to educate their staff on the subject of food allergens after a survey of diners with allergies found that a quarter had suffered a reaction when eating out since allergen legislation was introduced in 2014. 

The number of diners ordering vegetarian or nut-free dishes has fallen in 2014

Dining trends 2014: more intolerances, fewer vegetarians

By Lauren Houghton

The number of diners reporting lactose or gluten intolerance has risen in 2014, while the number of diners ordering vegetarian or nut-free dishes has fallen, according to data collected by food pre-ordering service TellTheChef.

The new allergen legislation comes into force tomorrow

Allergen regulation: Time’s up

By Melodie Michel

The much-anticipated EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation came into force on 13 December. BigHospitality looks at what is changing, and the impact of the new law on the industry.

Nuts, peanuts and sesame seeds are part of the 14 allergens included in the law

Allergen law could cost £200m a year

By Melodie Michel

The cost of implementation of the new EU allergen regulations coming into force on 13 December could reach £200m a year for food businesses, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Nuts are one of the top 14 allergens included in the law

Allergens: Half of venues still unaware of law

By Melodie Michel

Almost half (44 per cent) of foodservice operators are still unaware of the allergen laws due to be implemented this coming December, according to research by Unilever Food Solutions.

The new FSA guidance explains the new obligations and requirements on foodservice businesses when it comes to allergen ingredients

FSA publishes draft guidance on new EU allergen laws

By Carina Perkins

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published draft guidance to help small and medium-sized food businesses- including pubs, hotels, bars and restaurants - comply with new allergen laws.