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The Importance Of Labels

Posted by Dartmoor Brewery in Dec 2014

Allergen stickersFrom December all our beers are rolling out to trade customers with new allergen labelling to comply with thenew EU rules on displaying allergen information that came into force this month. Under the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation, pubs need to provide information on any of the 14 allergens used as ingredients in food and drink served on their premises. It means publicans must tell customers who ask, either in writing or verbally,whether any item they serve contains traces of any of the named allergens. To make it easy for Dartmoor Brewery customers we have created stickers that attach to the back of the pump clip enabling bar staff to instantly advise customers of the allergens contained in our different beers. We also list the allergens on every cask we distribute. The only allergen in our beers is gluten, which naturally occurs within the local barley we use in everyDartmoor Brewery beer. Jail Ale and Christmas Ale also contain wheat which we also specify on the new labels because of wheat's gluten content. The 14 allergenic ingredients covered by the new legislation are: celery, crustaceans, eggs, fish, gluten, lupin, milk, molluscs, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya and sulphur dioxide. Mike Lunney our Head Brewer comments: We only use the finest local ingredients in our beersand have always been very transparent about that. We are very keen to help our customers comply with the new EU regulations by providing the allergen information in an easy to view format for all staff. We hope that with this new clarity on allergens more people will be able to enjoy our beers as allergy suffers have more certainty in managing their condition when drinking and eating out.

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