New allergen labelling to help you choose your meals

Allergens-Guide-10-09-14If you have a food or drink allergy or intolerance, you may already know that new rules on allergen labelling were introduced in December 2013. These new regulations will mean that information about allergenic ingredients will be made clearer and more consistent for you, the consumer.

We want you to enjoy your meal and drinks at the Pandora Inn so our chef, and his team, will continue to include additional information on the menu to help you see which dishes will best suit your diet. You will see the following symbols:

V denotes that a dish is suitable for vegetarians
V* denotes that a dish is suitable for vegans
GF denotes that the dish is gluten free
GF* denotes that the dish is available as gluten free but with some changes

We cannot include the detail of all the food and drink allergens directly on the menu (there simply wouldn’t be room), so if you have a specific food or drink allergy or intolerance, please speak to a member of our team before placing your order. We have produced detailed datasheets listing the ingredients of the products we serve and these are available at the bar – staff will be happy to provide this for you to refer to before ordering.

As we cook our food fresh from scratch, our kitchen uses ingredients that may contain the 14 notifiable allergens – cereals containing gluten, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soya beans, milk, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame, sulphites, lupin and molluscs. Every effort is made to minimise the risk of cross-contamination of ingredients but this cannot be guaranteed. All fish dishes may contain bones.

These new rules on food allergen labelling will apply from 13 December 2014. To help consumers understand these changes, the Food Standards Agency has reissued its advice for food allergic consumers, after working in collaboration with Allergy UK, the Anaphylaxis Campaign, British Dietetic Association, British Retail Consortium, British Nutrition Foundation, Coeliac UK and the Food and Drink Federation. You can find information on line on: www.food.gov.uk