Last reviewed 27 July 2022

Between 1% and 2% of adults and 5% and 8% of children in the UK have a food allergy with about 10 people every year dying from food induced anaphylaxis.

In this context, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) in partnership with Trading Standards Wales produced a toolkit of allergen awareness resources in September 2021 highlighting the dangers of food allergens.

Available here, the package includes posters, videos and a factsheet setting out the legal duty to provide information about allergens and links to social media assets.

The original launch of the resources came just before “Natasha's Law” came into force (see Natasha’s Law now in effect) after 15 year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a fatal allergic reaction after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette which contained sesame seeds.

The original online resources were made available in English, Welsh, Bengali, Cantonese, Kurdish, Mandarin, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu to take account of the diversity of those working in the UK's hospitality sector.

Now the trading standards partners, working with the Greater Gwent Food Group, have produced several new translations: Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian and Polish.

CTSI Chief Executive, John Herriman, said: “Businesses must understand the importance of allergens and accurate food labelling and take the proper steps to avoid cross contamination. There is a wonderful diversity in the UK food industry and this calls on us to make materials accessible to every community, and I am proud that eastern European languages have been added to the already extensive list of materials.”