After the recent jailing of a food business owner for causing the death of a customer who suffered from a peanut allergy after he sold him a takeaway meal containing peanuts, I am hoping all food businesses are taking the opportunity to review their food safety management systems to make sure this could not happen to them.
Most management systems use Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles to identify the physical, chemical and microbiological hazards that need to be controlled, so it is important that these systems do consider allergens as well.
When the EU allergen regulations were introduced in December 2014, according to a story in The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11460125/Top-chefs-attack-EU-rules-on-allergens-in-food.html) more than 100 top chefs objected to them claiming they would hurt “spontaneity, creativity and innovation”. Sadly as this case has proved, the hurt caused by an allergic reaction to certain foods can be much more significant.
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