The Food Standards Agency estimate that around 2 million people living in the UK have a food allergy. Food suppliers and retailers therefore have various obligations to warn customers about the contents of the food they are buying.
The legislation is governed by the Food Safety Act 1990 and various EU Directives. These rules mean that the supplier or retailer cannot include or remove anything in food that would be damaging to the health of people eating it, and ensure that the food is labelled, advertised and presented in a way that is not false of misleading. This could be done by warnings or the packaging, oral warnings from staff or signs within the premises where the product is being sold.
The 14 allergens that must be labelled or indicated as being present in foods are:
- Sulphur dioxide/sulphites
If you consume a product containing any of the above allergens and you have not been warned that the product contains it, which has caused you to suffer a reaction or even anaphylaxis as a result, you may have a claim against the supplier or retailer for personal injury.
At Express Solicitors, we have experience of providing advice and assistance regarding cases such as this and can guide you through the compensation process. If you or someone you know unfortunately find yourself injured as a result of an allergen contained in food, Express Solicitors can help.