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THINK - ALLERGENS
ALL Staff Training on EU regulations Inc
ward nursing staff involved in food service
 There are MAJOR changes to the
information that people preparing or
serving food must give to their
CUSTOMERS & PATIENTS
 From 13th December 2014 new EU
laws come into LEGAL force about
allergens within foods
 14 Allergens that MUST be
communicated to ALL
If you work with food you will
have a legal responsibility to
provide the correct allergens
information about the
ingredients that is in the food
you make or serve
 Allergic reactions can make
people very ill and can
sometimes lead to death.
 There is no cure for food
allergy
 The only treatment is to avoid
the foods they are allergic to
The Impact of Food Allergy
The symptoms can include:
• rashes (usually very itchy)
• tingling sensation in the
mouth
• swelling of the lips,
tongue, face and throat
• difficulty breathing
• diarrhoea
• vomiting
• abdominal cramps
• and on rare occasions
anaphylaxis
THINK - ALLERGENS
The importance of getting it right
 The EU law has listed 14 allergens that need
to be identified if they are used as ingredients
in a dish
IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE
The change in law means that
you will no longer be able to
say that you don’t know what
allergens are in the food you
serve
IF IN DOUBT ASK or DO NOT SERVE
How can/should the information will be
provided
 Upon Admission
 Sign posting – statements on menus
advising patients/customers to request
information
 Ward folders – grids of menu items and
any allergens they contain
 Trust Intranet
What do you also need to know
 Updates – ensure you know how the
information is updated
 Importance of patients not sharing
their food with other patients ie
Birthday Cakes
 Adhere to Trusts policies
Summary
 The information MUST be provided if
the patient/customer requests
 Always check the list NEVER guess
 It is down to ALL to ensure that the
patient/relatives -know to ask
 Know where the information can be
found for your ward area
IF IN DOUBT ASK or DO NOT SERVE
USEFUL RESOURSES
HCA/BDA Toolkit
http://www.hospitalcaterers.org/publications/downloads/
allergen-toolkit.pdf
Food allergy on-line training
http://allergytraining.food.gov.uk/english
EU list of allergens
Peanuts
Nuts
Milk
Soya
Mustard
Lupin
Eggs
Fish
Molluscs
Cereals
containing
gluten
Sesame
Celery
Sulphur
dioxide
Shellfish
http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/pu
blication/loosefoodsleaflet.pdf
http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/publication/thinkallergy.pdf

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