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Food allergies

Although most allergic reactions to food are mild, some can be very serious or fatal.

Food allergies can be life threatening and the only way people can deal with a food allergy is to avoid the foods that make them ill. An oversight by a food business – such as serving someone food to which they are allergic – can damage the reputation of the business, as well as cause serious harm to the customer. Food allergens cannot be removed by cooking. This is why it’s essential to practise good kitchen hygiene, as well as careful separation, storage and labelling of ingredients when preparing food.

The Food Standards Agency has advice on how to provide allergen information to consumers:

If you would like to learn more about food allergen labelling, The Food Standards Agency Food allergy on-line training package deals with the requirements regarding the provision of allergen information.

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Food Standards Scotland has policy responsibility for food information, food labelling, food standards and nutrition labelling in Scotland.

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