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Plymouth Food businesses are invited to join Environmental Health and Trading Standards Officers from Devon, Somerset, Torbay and Plymouth for a free, 1-hour webinar to learn how to control allergens in the food you serve.

Plus there will be a chance to ask questions to get specific advice relating to your business.

This webinar is open to businesses based in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth or Torbay.

In the UK, about ten people die every year from food-induced anaphylaxis - last year trading standards analysed packaged food from multiple outlets which had labelling that indicated they did not contain any of the 14 most recognised allergens. A third of the products tested were incorrectly labelled and contained at least one undisclosed allergen.

Currently foods which are made, packed and sold on the same premises, are not required to show ingredients or allergy information on the product label.

This will change in October 2021 and the law will require more foods to be labelled with allergen information. The legislation will require businesses to provide full ingredient and allergen labelling on foods which are pre-packed for direct sale.

Those that do not could be fined and, in some instances, prosecuted.

Councillor Sally Haydon Cabinet Member for Customer Focus and Community Safety said: “I’m really pleased that we are able to work together with colleagues across Devon and Somerset to deliver these vital free webinars for business to help them understand the change in legislation and how it impacts on their business.

“If you run a business that sells pre-packed food I would encourage you to attend one of these sessions as they will be able to answer any questions you may have and offer guidance and be to signpost you to where you can obtain additional support.”

The webinars will be approximately one hour long, including a list of expert speakers from Trading Standards and Environmental Health, with a Q&A at the end and cover the following areas:

  • Understand the 14 legally recognised allergens and the relevant legislation
  • Practical advice on identifying allergens in ingredients and “may contain” 
  • Practical advice about preventing cross contamination risks
  • Understanding the importance of food management systems and practical implementation 
  • Links to find additional support tools, further advice and step-by-step guidance
  • Understand the changes to allergen labelling requirements in October 2021 so you can label the food you sell correctly.

Businesses will also receive a certificate of attendance for this event for their own training records. The webinar will be recorded, so that reminders can be sent to businesses and assist us with ongoing support.

The events are on:

  • Monday 28 September - 10am to 11am
  • Tuesday 29 September - 2pm to 3pm
  • Monday 5 October - 2pm to 3pm

Each session will be held on Zoom Workshop.

To book your place go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/environmental-health-amp-trading-standards-officers-31076240533

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