On this page you will find details about the 14 allergens that the European Union has listed. Hopefully the information below will provide all the answers you need to buy our products with confidence but please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further queries you may have. Please note that at bakeit freefrom we make every effort to ensure no cross contamination of allergens on our premises and as much as possible ensure that we source items from reputable providers who also work to ensure no such contamination. But we cannot give a 100% guarantee that our suppliers always meet the stringent standards we expect. If you have a very severe allergy please take this into account when placing an order.
‘In the UK, it is estimated that 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children have a food allergy. This equates to around 2 million people in the UK living with a food allergy, this figure does not include those with food intolerance. This means that the actual number of affected people living with food allergy and/or intolerance is considerably more.’ From Food allergen labeling and information requirements under the EU Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011: Technical Guidance, page 9 – this document can be downloaded from the Food Standards Agency website.
Only 2 of the 14 currently identified food allergens that require listing have legal limitations imposed under Commission Regulations (EC) No. 41/2009, as follows:
Levels of gluten for foods claiming to be either ‘gluten free’ or ‘very low gluten’ which came into force January 2012. These levels are:
- ‘gluten free’: 20ppm (parts per million) of gluten or less
- ‘very low gluten’: 100 ppm of gluten or less. However, only foods with cereal ingredients that have been specifically processed to remove the gluten may make a ‘very low gluten’ claim.
‘Around 1% of people in the UK have Coeliac Disease (sometimes referred to as gluten intolerance). This is a lifelong autoimmune disease which is caused by the immune system reacting to gluten.’ (Food Standards Agency)
All bakeit freefrom products use a ‘gluten free’ flour product supplied by Doves Farm, which also does not contain wheat, it is made up from rice, potato, tapioca, maize and buckwheat (buckwheat is not a grass and so not related to wheat, it belongs in the same family as rhubarb or sorrel). In addition we use gluten free baking powders and xanthan gum, also supplied from Doves Farm.
The Remaining 9 Food Allergens
There are a further 12 food allergens which must be identified on consumer food packaging under the EU food information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011, these are:
- Crustaceans and products thereof
- Eggs and products thereof
- Fish and products thereof
- Milk and products thereof
- Celery and products thereof
- Mustard and products thereof
- Sesame and products thereof
- Lupin and products thereof
- Molluscs and products thereof