LEGAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Restaurants and coffee chains giving out incorrect allergy advice: report

The environment secretary also reminded restaurant operators that they must make sure that their customers are safe.

Staff from Frankie & Benny's, Pizza Hut, Nandos, Starbucks and Costa are reported to be giving out the wrong allergy advice, according to a report by BBC.

Some of the broadcast station’s journalists posed as customers, asking about the allergens that the dishes contain. Five out of the 30 outlets they visited are revealed to have given wrong information.

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary and Food Minister David Rutley held a meeting with allergy groups, specialists and industry stakeholders to discuss the introduction of revised allergen labelling laws.

“Our review of allergen labelling rules is progressing well and we are on track to bring forward proposals to change the law around the turn of the year,” Gove said.

“As we have made clear before, businesses do not need to wait for the law to change to do the right thing. They should be doing all they can now to make sure consumers have the information they need to stay safe,” he added.

They also held a separate meeting with the executive of Pret A Manger regarding the actions the chain is doing to prevent allergen-related incidents following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse.

The chain announced a few weeks ago that they will be implementing new labelling policies, including the ingredients in all of their offerings. They posted allergen warning stickers and signs in their shops and products.

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