Published: 17 May 2017 by Richard Bradley
With Summer almost upon us many operators will be developing a fresh new menu to maximise profits over the coming season. Whilst not wanting to curb any enthusiasm for creative new dishes operators must ensure that they are aware of the allergen content of all food supplied and have the necessary information available for customers upon request.
In an ideal world all customers with allergies will notify you of any potential risks but by having informed staff members and clear information available, risks can be minimised whist providing confidence to customers that they can make an informed decision as to which dishes will be suitable for them.
The Food Standards Agency provides extensive information which can assist with a review of your allergen control practices but here are a few tips to ensure that your patrons leave your premises with only positive comments:
Failure to ensure your premises comply with the Regulations could result in enforcement action and an unlimited fine in the event of prosecution. Perhaps more importantly could be the potential harm to your customers or any adverse publicity in the event of any problems.
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