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Guidance on the provision of allergen information for non pre-packed foods evaluation
Project Code: T07063
In 2008 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) produced voluntary best practice Guidance on the Provision of Allergen Information for Non Pre-packed Foods aimed at caterers and retailers, which gave advice on controlling food allergens in food businesses where the food has not been pre-packed e.g. take-aways, restaurants, bakeries, deli counters, sandwich bars and schools etc.
The guidance itself is a 50+ page A4 booklet and this was accompanied by a summary leaflet and poster.
This research was commissioned to assess the awareness and uptake of the full guidance, and gauge its impact on businesses. As mentioned above, the full guidance was accompanied by a leaflet and a poster, and research also examined the impact of these supporting materials amongst the target audience.
Specifically, the research objectives were to:
• Assess the level of awareness of the full guidance and supporting materials
• Explore the uptake of the guidance and supporting materials and the extent to which it has led to businesses changing their practices.
• Assess the usefulness of the full guidance and supporting materials.
• Assess whether these materials would be sufficient guidance for businesses if a statutory requirement to provide allergen information was introduced.
This report can also be accessed via the consumer research page on the food allergy research page on food.gov at http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/foodcomponentsresearch/allergyresearch/surveyallergy/
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