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Advice and support to help manage the rising cost of living.

Allergens and food intolerance

Guidance on what food allergy is and what allergen information food businesses must provide to you.

Food business operators must make sure consumers know what is in the food they supply. There are strict rules on food labelling for ready to eat, pre-packed and some fresh food labelling.

Business can find advice and training on food allergy and intolerance through the Food Standards Agency website.

Allergens and the law

Essex County Council Trading Standards enforce the legal requirements on food labelling. Their Business advice service can help you to understand the legislation, training and documentation needed to make sure your business complies with the law relating to the control of allergens in food. so you can confidently serve people with allergies or intolerances to specific ingredients.

Free business guidance

For general trading standards allergens advice for businesses, you can find food allergens and intolerance guidance on the Business Companion website.