When you're in a food business, there's a whole lot more to think about than just the taste and presentation of your food. Food allergies are a serious issue for many people, and the rise in food allergies has led to an increased interest in allergen management in the food industry.
Whether you're serving thousands of meals a day in a restaurant or preparing homemade pastries to sell at your local farmers' market, it's important to have a system in place that can help you manage allergens. Why? Because better pre-emptive management of allergens and accurate allergen labeling will help to prevent potential financial implications (for example, from product recall or withdrawal).
Which trade/ industries employees should use the allergen management program?
We believe that all companies that handle, process, and sell food should use allergen management programs. The allergen policy is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to allergens. Why? Because most people are allergic to something. And while some allergies can be innocuous—like a mild case of seasonal hay fever—others are far more dangerous.
The following trades and industries should use an allergen management program: