Council giving guidance on food labelling changes

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

Food labelling is changing as of December 13, meaning that consumers have the right to know more about what is in their food.

North Kesteven District Council’s Environmental Health officers have been working closely with Lincolnshire County Council and food establishments in the district, to help educate business owners on the changes, and how they should take effect.

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

Coun Richard Wright, executive board member with responsibility for environmental health 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 officer’s will support businesses wherever we can.”

Guidance and materials to assist food businesses in promoting, implementing and complying with the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation, launching on December 13 is available online at www.food.gov.uk/business-industry/allergy-guide/allergen-resources