Legislation has been introduced regarding food allergen labelling and information requirements under the EU Food Information for Consumers. This legislation requires any Caterer providing school meals to declare the presence of allergenic ingredients used in any food and drink served. If any one of 14 allergens are used as a deliberate ingredient then these need to be declared. The 14 allergens which need to be identified are:
Cereals containing gluten, namely wheat (spelt and Khorasan wheat), rye, barley and oats.
Crustaceans - prawn, crab, lobster and crayfish
Nuts – almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio, cashew and macadamia (Queensland)
Celery & celeriac
Sulphur dioxide, or sulphites where added at a level above 10mg/kg in the finished product
Lupin which includes lupin seeds and flour and can be found in types of breads pastries and pasta
Molluscs – clams, mussels, whelks
Attached is the full list of all the foods and the relevant allergens that may be offered to children attending our Breakfast Club. Please sign and return the declaration giving us permission to provide your child/children with any of the items listed.
There is space on the Contact Information form to advise us of any medical conditions and known food allergies your child may have.
More information regarding the Allergen legislation is available at: http://www.food.gov.uk/science/allergy-intolerance