The 14 allergens to be declared are: cereals containing gluten, shellfish, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk and dairy products, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, lupine, molluscs.
All products prepared with these ingredients must also be declared, although some exceptions do exist.
In writing or orally if certain conditions are met.
According to the Belgian Federal Agency of the Food Chain (AFSCA), article 4 of the royal decree of 17 July 2014:
The information concerning allergens must be communicated to the end-consumer in writing, clearly and legible, on a physical or electronic medium which is installed where the food is sold. This declaration must be available freely and easily before the decision to buy the product is made.
As an exception to this rule, the information may also be communicated orally if the following five conditions are met:
- When requested by the consumer, the information must be communicated immediately on the spot where the food is sold and before the decision to buy the product is made.
- A written procedure must be prepared and used to ensure that the information about allergens is communicated correctly.
- This procedure must be available at the location where the product is sold and must be readily available for the employees of the establishment and the inspectors of AFSCA.
- The staff in question must be sufficiently trained on the issues related to allergens and on the procedure in question.
- No compensation shall be claimed for supplying this information.
If the information is declared in your menu for each dish, you are alright. Providing an alternative menu with detailed information for each dish is another option, and this is also the solution that we propose.
Your detailed recipe and its ingredients.
The list of allergens must be based on the actual ingredients of the recipe, so you also need to declare the allergens mentioned on the packaging of your ingredients.
For example, if you make a dish with salmon and mozzarella wrapped in fine pastry, you must be aware that fish and milk are allergens that need to be declared, but you must also read the packaging of the pastry and add the allergens to your list.
Our database already contains more than 10,000 ingredients and we have the allergenic characteristics, nutritional values, etc. for each ingredient.
Some allergies are life-threatening.
A person who is allergic or hypersensitive runs the risk of triggering, in a worst case scenario, an anaphylactic shock that could lead to death if he or she does not receive correct information.
YouMeal is a web-based solution for the management and analysis of your recipes.
Allergens and nutritional values: The allergens and nutritional values are displayed on-the-fly for every dish. This is automatically output to an attractive datasheet that presents the dish for your customers.
Invite your customers to consult this alternative menu if they have allergies or they follow a diet.
All you need to do is to keep your technical datasheets and product sheets up-to-date.
These efforts also help you closely monitor the raw ingredients cost of each of your dishes and ensure that your profit margin meets your expectations.