From 13 December 2014, the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) comes into force. These European rules will be enforced in the UK by the Food Information Regulations 2014 (FIR).
Many PTAs have contacted our Member Advice Line to enquire whether this new legislation affects them. We contacted the Food Standards Agency who assured us that this new regulation only applies to commercial businesses supplying food. Therefore, individuals who occasionally provide food at PTA events are not bound by these new regulations.
In short, there are no new regulations to which you have to comply. However, if you are using professional catering companies, they MUST provide information about any ingredients in their food that may cause allergic reactions.
Here, in full, is what the Food Standards Agency told us:
“The new regulation on the provision of food information to consumers applies to food business operators supplying food to the public, mass caterers and those supplying food in the course of their business activities.
Private individuals preparing and providing food for an event are not covered unless they are preparing that food in the course of their business activities as a food business operator.
So, the occasional handling, preparation, storage and serving of food by private persons at events such as church, school or village fairs are not covered unless the activity is being carried out in the course of the person’s business.
Therefore individuals who are not food businesses and occasionally provide food at charity events or voluntary cake sales do not need to follow these requirements.
However, it would be good practice to provide allergenic ingredients information about the foods/cakes served so that those who have food allergies can make a decision whether to buy the food or not.”
Allergy UK have provided PTA UK with guidance about how to support families with allergies at your PTA events.