Tag: Allergens

Food allergies and ‘vegan’ labelling

Vegan dishes and food allergies

Is vegan food safe for people with food allergies? Many people choose to eat plant-based foods for a variety of reasons; from ethical concerns to environmental impact. But, for those with food allergies, the seemingly safe haven of vegan-labelled products may not be as secure as it appears. Vegan labelling is not the same as… Read more »

Precautionary Allergen Labelling (PAL)

PPDS

Best practice guidance on food allergen labelling On 5 September 2023, the Food Standards Agency published updates to their food allergen labelling and information technical guidance. The update supports the Food and Drink Federation‘s guidance on Change Management of Allergen Information. The FSA best practice technical guidance recommends changes in relation to how food businesses… Read more »

Food allergens and the law

Using Menu Guide to show an allergen menu on a tablet

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: 6 April 2022 – Mandatory calorie labelling on menus A new requirement for large food businesses (with more… Read more »

Working towards carbon net zero

Carbon Net Zero

As the climate crisis intensifies, we are seeing a growing emphasis on the importance of sustainability across the hospitality industry. A previous blog highlighted how Lussmanns, Pizzarova, The Kia Oval and the Goodwood Estate, who all have ethical practices at the heart of their operations, are pioneering sustainable dining. In this updated post, we report… Read more »

Food and You – FSA Consumer Survey

Using Menu Guide on a tablet

Research published in August 2022 by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) provided updated statistics on food allergies, intolerances and other hypersensitivities. The bi-annual Food and You 2 online survey, conducted by Ipsos, measures self-reported knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to various issues including food safety and security, sustainability and diets. A total of 5,796 adults… Read more »

Speak Up For Allergies

Speak Up for Allergies Campaign

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 »

Natasha’s Law

Pre-packed for direct sale food

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‘ was introduced by the UK Government following the death… Read more »

QR codes

QR codes - what are they and why are they useful

Why are they so useful? Once denigrated as ‘ugly, overused and doomed’, Quick Response (QR) codes became 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 direction…. Read more »

Ethics and allergens

Sustainable dining at Lussmanns St Albans

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 »