Precautionary Allergen Labelling (PAL)

Between 6 December 2021 and 14 March 2022, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) conducted a public consultation on the provision of precautionary allergen labelling (known as PAL) and precautionary allergen information (PAI), such as ‘may contain’ on many types of food sold in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Currently, labelling legislation requires that food products… Read more »

Speak Up For Allergies

In March 2022, the Food Standards Agency (FSA ) introduced the second phase of its ‘Speak Up for Allergies’ campaign. Launched in February 2021, the campaign was conceived after research showed that children and young people are at a higher risk of experiencing food allergy reactions. It aims to encourage young adults with food allergies… Read more »

Mandatory calorie labelling on menus

From 6 April 2022, large food businesses (with more than 250 employees) in England have been required to display the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drink items. Calorie information must be shown at the point of choice for the customer, which may be a printed or online menu, food delivery platform or label…. Read more »

Natasha’s Law

How to comply with ‘Natasha’s Law’ If you run a food business you must comply with all the relevant legislation, including The UK Food Information Amendment, which came into effect in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on 1 October 2021. This amendment, known as ‘Natasha’s Law‘ has been introduced by the UK Government following the… Read more »

QR codes

Why are they so useful? Once denigrated as ‘ugly, overused and doomed’, Quick Response (QR) codes have become ubiquitous during the pandemic and are proving to be a very useful tool for the hospitality industry. These two-dimensional matrix bar codes are designed to store lots of information, stand out and be read easily from any… Read more »

Ethics and allergens

Many of the food businesses that use Menu Guide for allergen management have ethical practices at the heart of their operations. The multi-award-winning independent group, Lussmanns, has pioneered sustainable dining since 2002. More than 95% of the food that these Hertfordshire-based restaurants serve is grown or produced in the UK and sourced from welfare-driven British… Read more »

Menu Guide wins national award

Menu Guide wins the ‘Innovation and Technical’ category at the OPSS Regulatory Excellence Awards 2021 We are proud to announce that Menu Guide won the ‘Innovation and Technical’ category at the UK Government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) Regulatory Excellence Awards 2021 on 10 June 2021. The Awards, which are open to a… Read more »

Primary Authority

Menu Guide is in a Primary Authority Partnership with Milton Keynes Council. This means that, following a comprehensive review, the Menu Guide website has received assured Primary Authority Advice in relation to relevant legislation, namely the Retained EU Law EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (No.1169/2011) and the Food Information Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/1855). What… Read more »

Allergen management for takeaway food

During the coronavirus pandemic, many food businesses started offering takeaway and delivery for the first time. While lockdown restrictions prevented cafes, pubs and restaurants from providing their usual table service, they looked for new ways to keep trading and to meet increasing consumer demand for ‘click and collect’ and home delivery. Which is where Menu… Read more »

Food allergens and the law

Legal requirements for UK food businesses If you run a food business in the UK, you must comply with the relevant legislation. Here’s a quick recap and the most recent developments to bring you up to date: 1 October 2021 – New allergen labelling requirements apply to pre-packed for direct sale foods Food businesses should… Read more »