All caterers and restaurateurs need to take food allergy seriously. People with food allergy may not tolerate even the tiniest amount of the food they are allergic to.

Close up of people serving themselves with canapes in buffet of restaurant.Some reactions to foods may be mild, but some people can die from a severe allergic reaction to food.

In the EU, caterers are legally required to comply with the food information for consumers regulations ((EU) No 1169/2011), which means that allergen information must be available and clearly signposted – for example, on menus or other written material available in the premises where the food is sold.

The information must be easily understood by the consumer. These regulations also apply in the UK during the Brexit transition.

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