ABC Council hosting important seminar on food allergens

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The dangers posed by food allergens will be the focus of a seminar for local businesses next month, which is being organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Environmental Health officers will deliver the seminar at the Craigavon Civic Centre on August 6, which will give an insight into the important procedures needed to identify and manage allergenic ingredients and the need for effective communication about allergens to both the consumers and staff members.

Businesses will also be advised of their legal requirements and how to manage the risks. Food allergens can be a significant hazard to those sensitive to them, whether present in the food as a deliberate ingredient or through cross contamination.

Next month’s seminar follows on from similar events hosted last year by ABC Council, which were attended by 181 people from 116 businesses across the borough.

Since the introduction of the Food Information Regulations in 2014, there has been a number of incidents and recalls due to the absence of or incomplete/incorrect allergen information.

In addition to the presentation, information leaflets will be provided at the seminar and a help-desk in place for further queries from businesses.

To book a place at the Food Allergens seminar – please visit  https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/foodallergensseminars. And for further information on food allergens and food safety please visit the council’s dedicated webpage – https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/business/food-safety/#foodallergens .