On Saturday, a new measure has been in force to cover meals served in restaurants, cafes, bakeries, care homes and packaged produce available at the supermarkets. The food menus should provide information if the particular food item contains allergens such as wheat, soya, gluten, celery, milk, and nuts. There will be a fine for repeat offenders.
The European Academy reported that food allergy has affected over 17 million people all over Europe. Each year, there are about five thousand patients in the hospital treated for severe allergic reactions in the U.K. and in some cases, these can cause death.
The Europe FIC Regulation passed a new legislation that requires all food providers and manufacturers to inform their customers if their food contains any of the following:
* Sulfur dioxide – this is typically used as a preservative and can be found in alcohol, vegetables, soft drinks, meat products, and dried fruits.
* Soya – this is usually found in tofu, edamame beans, and bean curd.
* Sesame seeds – this can be found in most tahini, humus, and bread.
* Peanuts – this can also be found in groundnut oil.
* Mullusc – this can be found in squid, oyster sauce, land snails, and mussels.
* Lupin – this can be found in most bread, pasta, and pastries.
* Eggs – Foods which are glazed with eggs are also included in this category.
* Crustaceans – this includes shrimp paste, prawns, lobster and crabs.
* Cereal with gluten content – this also includes barley, rye, wheat, and spelt.
* Celery – this can also be found in stock soup and cubes.