Food Allergens

All food businesses including manufacturers, restaurants, takeaways, retailers, bakeries and sandwich bars have to inform their customers if any of fourteen specific allergens are contained in the food they serve or sell.

The 14 allergens are:

  • Celery
  • cereals containing gluten
  • crustaceans
  • eggs
  • fish
  • lupin
  • milk
  • mollusc
  • mustard
  • nuts
  • peanuts
  • sesame seeds
  • soya
  • sulphur dioxide

Allergen information should be easily accessible, in a conspicuous place, easily visible and clearly legible. This can be done in a number of ways:

  • a menu
  • chalkboard
  • information pack, or

If it is not provided upfront, the business should signpost to where it can be obtained, either in written or oral formats. If you have any queries/concerns about this, please contact us at