Tameside Council are running an Allergen Awareness course for SMEs and micro-businesses in Tameside.
Since December 2014, all food business operators need to declare whether any of the 14 identified allergenic ingredients are used in their non-prepacked or loose foods sold or provided on their premises.
The 14 allergens are: cereals containing gluten, peanuts, nuts, milk, soya, mustard, lupin (a flour, which can be used in baked goods such as pastries, pies, pancakes and in pasta), eggs, fish, crustaceans, sesame seeds, celery, sulphur dioxide. These ingredients can cause a serious allergic reaction.
This new regulation affects all independent restaurants, takeaways and shops in Tameside.
To assist small businesses to understand and comply with these new rules, Tameside Council’s Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Training Centre can now deliver the Level 2 CIEH Allergen Awareness accredited course. Funding through Public Health has allowed the Business Compliance Team to offer 50 training places free of charge.