The changes will come into effect from 13 December and will mean businesses such as supermarket bakeries, delis, cafes and restaurants selling loose foods will need to verbally explain or signpost allergenic information. For pre-packed food, allergens must be highlighted in the list of ingredients.

Food allergies can cause life threatening reactions and the numbers of people with this condition are growing. The new rules will mean that all food businesses will need to inform customers if any of the 14 allergenic ingredients can be found in the food they make or serve.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Nikki Pasek said "Food businesses in the county need to be ready to provide this vital information by December. We do understand that businesses in this industry work long hours and to help we've produced easy to use information on our website about the changes . If any business needs advice and guidance on the new rules, they can get in touch on [email protected]."

As well as the allergen rules, there are also some other changes that relate to nutritional labelling on pre-packed foods, and minced meat labelling and compositional requirements coming into effect.

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