On the 13th December, new EU legislation comes into force known as the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (EU/FIR1169/2011) and care homes will not be exempt. The Little Group, a Health and Social Care Consultancy and winner of the EBA New Business of the Year 2013, has teamed up with TSYMCO, a food purchasing and care home nutrition specialists to support care homes through this change.
Mark Earnden, Managing Director of TSYMCO, said, ‘We are asking care homes to ask themselves these four questions.
- Do care staff know what food allergy is and what the risks are?
- Have staff carried out any training on handling food allergens?
- Are there documented procedures for handling food allergens in the food safety management system?
- Are there staff procedures for communicating food allergen advice to clients/customers?
Mark continued, ‘if the answer is no to one or more of the questions above, the home is not ready for the changes.’