Food Labelling

On December 14th 2014 new laws regarding the labelling of food came into force. Information on whether all food and drink being sold or handed out contains any of 14 specific allergens must be displayed at the point at which it is being distributed.

The allergens concerned are:

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten
    (e.g. wheat, barley and rye)
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs and shellfish
  • Mustard
  • Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds and oil
  • Soya
  • Sulphur dioxide


It is not sufficient to have a sign or label with the warning “this product may contain...”.

For ready made packaged items, compliance is as simple as retaining the items' packaging with the list of ingredients and allergens on it, and keeping it somewhere within reach throughout the event.

For food items that you have baked yourself, you will have to identify which allergens are present in the ingredients that you are using, and display a sign giving details. The union can supply two designs that you can use – one for if you have a single sort of food on display, and one for if you have several types. Email and we will send you a blank one.

Displaying one of these signs, filled out to the best of the knowledge of either the event organiser or the person that has cooked the goods on offer, is a legal requirement and Brookes Union reserves the right to delay the start of an event until the correct signage has been completed.


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