The Food Information Regulation, which came into force in December 2014, introduces a requirement that food businesses must provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in any food they sell or provide.

The 14 major allergens

There are 14 major allergens which need to be mentioned (either on a label or through provided information such as menus) when they are used as ingredients in a food. The 14 allergens are listed below

1 -   Celery

2 -   Cereals containing gluten

3 -   Crustaceans

4 -   Eggs

5 -   Fish

6 -   Lupin

7 -   Milk

8 -   Molluscs

9 -   Mustard

10 - Nuts

11 - Peanuts

12 - Sesame seeds

13 - Soya

14 - Sulphur dioxide (sometimes known as sulphites)

Allergen Information

The information below is guidance for businesses on how to comply with the new legal requirements and how to manage and develop allergen awareness.

Date of last review: 28 August 2015