Food labelling and composition
Food labels provide us with information to help us choose food. Manufacturers must follow clear legal guidelines about what labels can and cannot show.
If you purchase an item of food and you think the labelling is misleading then you can contact us to complain. You can also find out more about food labelling on the Food Standards Agency website.
Food businesses are now required to provide allergy information for any food sold to the customer. This requirement relates to all businesses including restaurants, takeaways and where foods are sold loose e.g. bakers shops.
Allergens covered are:
- cereals containing gluten
- sesame seeds
- sulphur dioxide and sulphites (above a set level)
For further advice:
- Allergen information for loose foods – Advice on the new Food Information Regulations for small and medium food businesses leaflet
- Allergy: what to consider when labelling food – A guide for small and medium businesses that make or sell pre-packed food
- Think Allergy poster
- Think Allergy chef cards