The Food Information Regulations (FIR) were put in force in response to the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) and are intended to ensure that allergen information is provided to customers in a clear and consistent way on both prepacked and non-prepacked food, therefore making it easier for consumers to make informed and safer choices when buying food or eating out.
The 14 major allergens which need to be mentioned are as follows:
Allergens must be declared if you provide either prepacked or non-prepacked food or drink. Making records of allergen information and clear communication with staff, customers and suppliers will help to ensure that customers with food allergies or food intolerances are given accurate information.
If you are a food business selling non-prepacked food or selling food in a café, restaurant or takeaway:
Food businesses manufacturing prepacked food must: