|Gluten Free Important New Legislation |
|The New Legislation|
With effect from January 2012, new legislation comes into effect regarding the labelling of foodstuffs as "gluten-free". The law means that all food that carries the label gluten-free, whether on a finished product or implied on a menu must not contain more than 20 parts of gluten in a million (ppm). In reality this means that before the term gluten-free can be applied to a food, that food must be tested in a laboratory to ensure it meets the criteria.
We would encourage as many food service providers as possible to continue to make the claim 'gluten-free', but it is appreciated that this will be impractical for some businesses. The Food Standards Agency have agreed on the use of a factual statement to indicate that a food does not include any gluten containing ingredients. The term "no gluten containing ingredients" can be applied to appropriate menu options, where steps have been taken to manage cross- contamination risks from gluten containing ingredients. If factual statements are used businesses need to be clear that they are not suggesting the food is suitable for someone with Coeliac disease or that such statements are equivalent to either a 'gluten-free' or a 'very low gluten' claim. Further information on what claim can be made can be found on the Food Standards Agency website: -
They have also produced an easy to use fact sheet for caterers to help them decide which claim to use: -
Advertising on Gluten-free-onthego.com
As advertisers on gluten-free-onthego.com you will already be well aware of guidance on cross contamination. However to ensure you are fully familiar with the issues, we have supplied a guidance leaflet on this matter, which can be viewed on our website. (See details below).
To help all our advertisers on Gluten-free Onthego.com make this change we would like to offer the following simple steps to ensure that you as current suppliers of gluten-free choices on your menus and in store fully comply with the law.
• Review the FSA guidance and factsheet to decide which claim to make on your food.
• Review the guidance on cross- contamination risks against your current risk management strategy
• Where appropriate change the claims made and if appropriate replace " gluten -free" labelling on menu dishes or products with the factual statement " no gluten containing ingredients"
• We will make all the necessary changes to your adverts on Gluten-free-onthego.com but we would point out that it remains your responsibility to ensure that the final description is correct at all times and that your business operates according to the Food Standards Agency guidelines and complies with the law.
Gluten-free-onthego.com has been working closely with the FSA and Trading Standards to ensure that our website fully complies with the new legislation. We will be making these changes over the forthcoming weeks. They have also assisted us in preparing the documents to help you with the transition. In addition we will also be educating our visitors, your customers, to understand the changes and to look out for this new terminology. We hope that in doing this we will be able to continue to offer our visitors valuable advice on places to eat and stay and continue to support your business with grateful and valuable customers.
To find out advice about avoiding cross contamination please visit:
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