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Food labelling

Food business responsibilities

Your food business is required to provide allergy information on all foods containing allergens as ingredients (whether sold prepacked or loose).

This applies to any food business (including a vehicle or a fixed or mobile stall), such as restaurants, canteens, schools, hospitals, deli counters, bakeries and catering outlets where food is prepared for consumption by customers.

The allergenic ingredients must be clearly stated and emphasised through a typeset that distinguishes it from the remainder of the text by means of font, style or background colour, under the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) (No.1169/2011).

Where a dish contains several allergenic ingredients, each must be clearly indicated.

Allergenic ingredients

  • peanuts
  • nuts (almond, hazelnut, walnut, cashew, pecan, Brazil, pistachio, macadamia and Queensland nut)
  • fish
  • eggs
  • crustaceans
  • sesame seeds
  • milk
  • soybeans
  • celery
  • mustard
  • lupin
  • molluscs
  • cereals containing gluten (for example, wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt and kamut)
  • sulphur dioxide and sulphites (>10mg/litre)

More information

Contact Environmental Health on 0191 424 7925 or

Or see GOV.UK: Food labelling - giving food information to consumers


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