Amidst all the challenges facing the catering sector, it is easy to forget that the industry needs to be fully prepared for new allergen laws coming into force later this year.
But Allergen Accreditation – the operational name of Food Service Allergen Management Ltd – insists now is as good a time as any for operators to get to grips with what the new rules entail.
Allergen Accreditation’s Julian Edwards said: “We’ve always believed that January is a great time to reboot the allergen message, evolve the allergen culture, book some training in and refresh all staff in day-to-day allergen affairs.
“2021 is different in the respect of capitalising on any spare time to get your allergen compliance up to date and in October there will be some new legislation that comes into force, and this needs planning for, now.”
Allergen Accreditation is promoting the topic of allergen management on social media using the hashtag #allerjanury 2021 and has launched a resource pack that details what caterers will need to do by October for labelling Pre-Packed for Direct Sale products (PPDS).
It includes information on updated allergen guidance, the FSA’s online allergen training portal and how allergen management can be digitised.
The resource pack can be accessed HERE.
Mr Edwards added: “The feeling here, and we hope the feeling is the same globally across the world of hospitality, is that 2021 will be a rebirth, a new dawn and, in the second half of the year, be an absolute blast with room bookings, table bookings and event planning going through the roof with cellars across the land emptying out quickly!”