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Allergy laws to be enforced in restaurants and takeaways

The dreaded worry of a parent when it comes to food allergies.



It might put your mind at ease to know that restaurants and takeaways in the UK will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies.

Natalie Fleet from Nottinghamshire’s one year old daughter Lottie is sensitive to milk and soya, which means going out for family meals can be risky.

She welcomes the plan: “Knowing that the legislation is coming in, it’s going to have a massive impact and I hope everyone takes it on board.”

The law will mean information must now be provided on 14 everyday allergens including nuts, milk, celery, gluten, soya and wheat.

Lindsey McManus from Allergy UK, said: “We hope that restaurants will see the advantage of going this extra mile as it offers huge benefits to the allergic customer and this will only encourage business.”

She added: “It will enable people to eat out in confidence, knowing that allergens are monitored in dishes, and that the regulations are being adhered to.”

Every parent worries about their child’s health.

This is encouraging news for parents, who know at some point, their children will be old enough to order their own food.

The changes follow an 87 per cent rise in UK hospital admissions relating to allergies since 2002.

In the UK there are more than two million people who suffer, with five thousand people needing hospital treatment for severe reactions.

If you know that you or your child has an allergy, then this new law on telling customers about food ingredients, could help prevent a trip to A&E.

Pre-packaged food bought in supermarkets must also have clear allergen information on the labels.

Good news for families who are planning on eating out or ordering a takeaway for a family night in, as it is now much easier to ask about allergenic ingredients in foods.

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