Guidance offered to firms over rules on food labelling

Food and drink.
Food and drink.

Rules on food labelling have changed this month, meaning consumers have the right to know more about what is in their food.

North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) environmental health officers have been working closely with Lincolnshire County Council and food establishments to help educate business owners on the changes.

The new legislation means labels should contain all information on allergens. Restaurants and take-aways should display this information on menus or have it readily available for consumers.

Coun Richard Wright, NKDC executive board member, said: “Our officers have worked extremely hard with local establishments, especially with those where English isn’t their first language to make sure they understand the new legislation.

“It is important that retailers, manufacturers, restaurants and take-aways get this right.

“Although responsibility for enforcement rests with Trading Standards, our officers will support businesses wherever we can.”

Guidance and materials for food businesses on the new rules is available at www.food.gov.uk.