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Coronavirus (Covid-19): service updates, support and health advice.

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:

  • celery
  • cereals containing gluten
  • crustaceans
  • eggs
  • fish
  • lupin
  • milk
  • molluscs
  • mustard
  • nuts
  • peanuts
  • sesame seeds
  • soya
  • sulphur dioxide and sulphites (above a set level)

For further advice:

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