Food Standard Agency

Below you will useful links from the Food Standards Website to help you locate the resources needed to ensure your business is allergy aware compliant.

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) was established in 2000.  It is an independent government department working to protect public health and consumers’ wider interests in food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are responsible for the systems that regulate food businesses.

There is also Food Standards Scotland (FSS) which was established in 2015 and is a Scottish Administration that works alongside the Scottish government, to create a food and drink environment in Scotland that benefits, protects and is trusted by consumers.

If you know of any other sites we have missed please email us at Marketing@fatc.co.uk.

Regulations

Food Information Regulations 1169/2011

Here is a link to the Food Information Regulations(FIR) found on the GOV.UK website.

Here is a link to the labelling guidance following the FIR being published.  

Here is the FSA Guidance in the PDF format.

Food Safety Management

Food business operators must ensure that food handlers must receive the appropriate supervision and training in food hygiene and safety.  The FSA have guidance on managing food safety and also details the types of courses and certificates available.

Here is the link about FSA’s Online food safety training.

Safer Food, Better Business (SFBB)  is the FSA guidance on food safety management procedures and food hygiene regulations for small businesses and caterers.

PPDS Regulations

In 2019 new regulations were agreed upon regarding allergen labelling for pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) foods.  These regulations come into force on 1st October 2021. 

Here is the link from the FSA with all the details food businesses need to know regarding these new regulations.

Here is the FSA’s guidance on Allergen Information for Loose Foods published in 2015.

Food Allergen Resources

Templates & Signs

Here are some useful links for various templates and signage for use regarding Allergens.

CHEF RECIPE CARDS

ALLERGY AND INTOLERANCE SIGN

ALLERGEN CHART

FSA Training & Guidance

The FSA has published useful Allergen Guidance for Food Businesses and has a useful checklist for those businesses in regards to being up to date and compliant.

There is also guidance on Allergy Training from the FSA.

With the new regulations regarding PPDS coming into force on 1st October 2021 the FSA can provide Labelling Training.

For food manufacturers the FSA have provided guidance on Allergen Labelling for Food Manufacturers.

THE FSA also has an online training ‘An Introduction to Root Cause Analysis Course‘ There are two versions one for Enforcement Officers and one for Food Businesses – If you are serious about understanding and eliminating near misses in your business this course is for you.