Newry’s Chinese food businesses ‘Takeaway’ new allergy rules

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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More than one hundred members of the Chinese Community operating food businesses in Newry & Mourne District Council and neighbouring areas attended seminars to learn about the new allergen requirements being introduced later this year. They were facilitated by an interpreter and all attendees were provided with guidance documents translated into Chinese. Both seminars were very well attended with more than 50 businesses availing of the opportunity. The Food Information for Consumers Regulations 2014 introduces the biggest change in food labelling requirements in almost twenty years. All food businesses including 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 fourteen allergens include nuts, peanuts, egg, milk, cereals containing gluten, soya, celery, sesame, crustaceans, fish, mustard, lupin and sulphur dioxide. From 13th December 2014, consumers can expect to see details of the allergens contained in the food they buy either on menus, chalk boards, tickets or provided verbally by an appropriate member of staff. When ordering take-away foods, they can expect to be asked about their allergy requirements before they place their order and to be provided with further information regarding the allergies on delivery of their meal. Newry & Mourne District Council are providing further allergen workshops for local food businesses throughout the council area on the dates below. * 29th Sep at 10am-12 noon in Exams Hall, West Campus, SRC Newry * 29th Sep at 2pm-4pm in Exams Hall, West Campus, SRC Newry * 30th Sep at 2pm-4pm in Exams Hall, West Campus, SRC Newry * 30th Sep at 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Lecture Theatre, East Campus, SRC Newry *6th Oct at 2pm – 4pm in SRC Kilkeel Campus * 6th Oct at 6:30pm – 8:30pm in SRC Kilkeel Campus * 7th Oct at 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Cross Square Hotel, Crossmaglen The Council urge all local food businesses selling food loose, unpackaged or pre-packed for sale from their business to contact them on 028 3031 3103 to book a place at one of the workshops.
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