Bassetlaw: Food businesses warned as new laws on allergies emerge

Worksop Town Hall, Queen's Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop.
Worksop Town Hall, Queen's Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop.

Food Businesses in the county of Bassetlaw are being urged to make sure they are up to date with new rules on Food Allergies that come into effect this December.

The Food Information Regulations are new allergen labelling laws and businesses will have a legal responsibility to provide the correct allergen information about the ingredients that is in the food they make or serve to customers

According to statistics provided by the Food Standards agency, about two million people in the UK have a Food Allergy and, according to statistics, this number is growing.

These people currently find eating out extremely challenging, meaning they choose destinations they trust with very careful planning.

Coun Julie Leigh, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said:“Allergic reactions can make people very ill and can sometimes even lead to death!”

“There is no cure for people suffering with a food allergy and the only way someone can avoid getting ill is to make sure they don’t eat the foods they are allergic to.”

To help prepare for the new legislation, Bassetlaw District Council, in partnership with North Notts College’s Food Technology Centre is running a series of Allergy Awareness Training courses.

The sessions are for three hours and the fee is £ 30 per person and the following courses have limited availability:

Thursday 6th November at Ceres Suite, Worksop Town Hall 9:30 -12:30 or 13:30 – 16:30

Tuesday 11th November at Idle Valley Nature Reserve Learning Centre, Retford 9:30 – 12:30

Tuesday 11th November at Harwort and Bircotes Town Hall 13:30 – 16:30

Thursday 20th November at North Notts College, Worksop 9:30 – 12:30 or 13:30 – 16:30

To book on the session please call 01909 504708 / 504747.

Or email, or if you have any queries and wish to speak to a food safety officer regarding your business please call telephone number 01777 713764.