Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is supporting the Food Standard Agency’s important activity to mark National Allergy Awareness Week (April 28-May 4.).
Trading Standards officers from the authority will be using the week as an opportunity to once again highlight their key messages to businesses and consumers alike, about allergy-related issues.
Food allergies and intolerances, as well as associated conditions such as celiac disease are important issues in the UK, affecting – and even threatening – the lives of millions.
As such, it is vital that food premises are aware of the law and what is expected of them when it comes to the labelling of, preparation of and sale of food products and, also, that, consumers know how to protect themselves too.
Trading Standards officers at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council are on hand to ensure this happens, working with local businesses to support them as they uphold the law, while also protecting consumers.
Cllr Paul Cannon, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Safety, explained: “Our dedicated officers work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure food premises are aware of, and uphold, the law, for the safety and protection of all consumers in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
“Allergy Awareness Week highlights perfectly why this proactive work being undertaken in Rhondda Cynon Taf is so vital.
“It only takes one meal to be prepared in the wrong way, or a food product to be incorrectly labelled and it could cost someone with an allergy or intolerance their life. This is why so much effort goes into regular inspections and training.
“This work will continue throughout National Allergy Awareness Week and beyond but our message to businesses and consumers who need more information is to make contact with us, we are always more than happy to advise and assist.”
For more information on Allergy Awareness Week, visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Businesses can download a copy of the information factsheet on Food Allergies (link)
Consumers with a food allergy may be interested in downloading a factsheet.
The Food Standards Agency has an allergy training tool which, while aimed primarily at Trading Standards enforcement officers, does have useful modules for food businesses. You will find the tool here and FAQs on the next page.