Food safety forum helps Fenland businesses comply with new industry regulations

Stewart Aitken addressed the food safety forum.

Stewart Aitken addressed the food safety forum. - Credit: Archant

Food businesses in Fenland have been given details about how they should go about complying with new rules that come into force this month.

From December 13 they will have to inform customers if the food they make, sell or serve contains any of 14 ingredients that commonly cause allergic reactions.

More than 50 delegates from local businesses were given details of the new European Union regulations at a Food Safety Forum organised by Fenland District Council.

Stewart Aitken, from Cambridgeshire County Council’s trading standards team, told the forum: “As caterers, it will be your responsibility to give customers accurate information about allergens.”

The information can be communicated in writing on menus, verbally by staff or by signposting to where more details can be found.

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Forum delegates were also given advice on how to safeguard against food poisoning.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, FDC’s Cabinet member responsible for environmental health, said: “We are committed to supporting local businesses and I am confident that the advice and guidance given to you today will help you comply with new and existing food laws.

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“I’m very grateful to the county council’s trading standards team and the Food Standards Agency for lending their support for this event.”

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