Allergy laws enforced in restaurants

first_img Share Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Allergy laws enforced in restaurants by: By Smitha MundasadHealth reporter, BBC News – December 13, 2014 Restaurants will have to declare common allergens – including crustaceansRestaurants and takeaways across Europe will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies.Staff must provide information on 14 everyday allergens including nuts, milk, celery, gluten, soya and wheat.The new measures, which come into force on Saturday, cover meals served in bakeries, cafes, care homes and packaged produce sold by supermarkets.There may be fines for repeat offenders.According to the European Academy of Allergy, food allergies affect more than 17 million people across Europe.Fatal reactionsSome five thousand people need treatment in hospital for severe allergic reactions each year in the UK, and some cases are fatal – causing an average of 10 deaths annually.Experts say the majority of these deaths and visits to hospital are avoidable, and some are a result of people being given incorrect information about ingredients.Under the new legislation (EU FIC Food Information for Consumers Regulation), customers must be told if their food contains any of the following:• celery – including any found in stock cubes and soup• cereals containing gluten – including spelt, wheat, rye, barley• crustaceans – eg crabs, lobster, prawns and shrimp paste• eggs – including food glazed with egg• fish• lupin – can be found in some types of bread, pastries, pasta• milk• molluscs – mussels, land snails, squid, also found in oyster sauce• mustard• nuts – for example almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia• peanuts – also found in groundnut oil• sesame seeds – found in some bread, houmous, tahini• soya – found in beancurd, edamame beans, tofu• sulphur dioxide – used as a preservative in dried fruit, meat products, soft drinks, vegetables, alcohol.Nuts – such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and macadamia – must be clearly markedOliver Bolland, 30, from Hertfordshire, is allergic to eggs, fish, shellfish, molluscs and soya.He said: “My allergies really became a problem when I became an adult – I can’t just pop out for a meal with my girlfriend, friends or family.“I had six allergic reactions in the course of a month last year and each time it was because I was told it was fine to eat something that it later turned out I couldn’t.“Often, waiters don’t take my allergies seriously, or they don’t know what ingredients are in their dishes.“I’ve had to leave important events, including a close friend’s wedding, because the waiter didn’t check exactly what was in the food and thought I was just being fussy.“I’ll always have to be careful about not accidentally eating something I’m allergic to, but now restaurants and takeaways can no longer say they’re not sure whether I can eat something, or that it’s probably fine.“This new law will make a huge difference to my life.”Business can provide information through leaflets or through conversationsBusinesses can choose how they give the information on allergens contained in their food – for example through conversations with customers, leaflets, food labelling or by highlighting ingredients on menus.But if allergy advice is not clearly given, the Food Standards Agency says there need to be clear signs about where it can be obtained.Lindsey McManus, from Allergy UK, said: “We hope that restaurants will see the advantage of going this extra mile as it offers huge benefits to the allergic customer and this will only encourage business.“It will enable people to eat out in confidence, knowing that allergens are monitored in dishes, and that the regulations are being adhered to.”Pre-packaged food bought in supermarkets must also have clear allergen information on the labels. Sharecenter_img 233 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

US evacuates from Japan virus ship

first_imgAn American passenger gives reporters the thumbs up while arriving with others at Haneda Airport in Tokyo for a flight home, where they will face further quarantine after already being locked down on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama, Japan. AFP More than 70,500 have beeninfected across China by the COVID-19 virus as the world battles to contain theoutbreak that has sparked panic buying and jitters over the global economic impact. Outside China, the biggestcluster of infections is on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama,where coronavirus cases have climbed quickly to 355 despite passengers beingconfined to their cabins during a 14-day quarantine. (AFP)center_img TOKYO – The United Statesflew home its citizens from a coronavirus-infected cruise ship in Japan Monday,with other nations preparing to follow suit as global concerns grow over thespread of the disease and the death toll at its Chinese epicentre topped 1,700.last_img read more

NHL Draft 2020: Alexis Lafreniere, Tim Stuetzle top Central Scouting’s final rankings

first_img“Obviously, Alexis is quite the player when you look at every aspect of his game,” noted J-F Damphousse, regional scout for Quebec and the Maritimes on a video call with reporters. “I think you could consider every aspect as elite when you look at his skating, his puck skills, obviously it’s above average. He’s been excellent for his three years with Rimouski.”MORE: NHL Draft, Scouting Combine postponed due to coronavirus Following close behind him are two of his teammates from the gold-medal winning Canadian team at this year’s World Junior Championships: Quinton Byfield and Jamie Drysdale. Byfield is a 6-4, 215-pound center who has been playing with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL), putting up 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in just 45 games this season, while Drysdale is an offensively skilled defenseman with the Erie Otters (OHL). “They were on that gold medal team at such a young age and not just on it but able to contribute,” NHL Central Scouting’s senior manager David Gregory said. “Watching both these players develop over the year and get put into high-end situations and then be able to adapt and contribute just shows you how special they are.” The date of the 2020 NHL Draft might be uncertain but the talent of the players available is not.On Wednesday, the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings, with Rimouski Océanic forward Alexis Lafreniere taking the top spot for North American skaters as expected. The Saint-Eustache, Que., native is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick.  The ranking also listed the top International skaters, North American goaltenders and International goaltenders. German forward Tim Stuetzle took the top spot in the ranking for international skaters, with Canada’s Nicolas Daws and Russia’s Iaroslav Askarov ranked first among North American goaltenders and International goaltenders, respectively. Below are the top 10 players in each category.NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final draft rankingsNorth American SkatersRankingPlayerPos.NationalityTeam1Alexis LafreniereLWCANRimouski2Quinton ByfieldCCANSudbury3Jamie DrysdaleDCANErie4Jake SandersonDUSAU.S. U185Cole PerfettiCCANSaginaw6Marco RossiCAUTOttawa7Jack QuinnRWCANOttawa8Kaiden GuhleDCANPrince Albert9Braden SchneiderDCANBrandon10Dawson MercerCCANChicoutimiInternational SkatersRankingPlayerPos.NationalityTeam1Tim StuetzleLWGERMannheim2Alexander HoltzRWSWEDjurgarden3Anton LundellCFINHIFK4Lucas RaymondLWSWEFrolunda5Rodion AmirovLWRUSUfa6Helge GransDSWEMalmo Jr.7John-Jason PeterkaRWGERMunchen8Topi NiemelaDFINKarpat9Noel GunlerRWSWELulea10Roni HirvonenCFINAssatKOURNIANOS: Mock draft 2020 gives Lafreniere to DetroitNorth American goaltendersRankingPlayerNationalityTeam1Nicolas DawsCANGuelph2Drew CommessoUSAU.S. U183Samuel HlavajSVKSherbrooke4Will CranleyCANOttawa5Garin BjorklundCANMedicine Hat6Dylan GarandCANKamloops7Fabio IacoboCANVictoriaville8Devon LeviCANCarleton Place9Brock GouldUSAMoose Jaw10Nick MalikCZESault Ste. MarieInternational GoaltendersRankingPlayerNationalityTeam1Iaroslav AskarovRUSNeva. Saint Petersburg2Jan BednarCZESokolov3Joel BlomqvistFINKarpat Jr.4Calle ClangSWERogle Jr.5Amir MiftakhovRUSBars Kazan6Juho MarkkanenFINSaipa Jr.7Hugo OllasSWELinkoping Jr.8Jesper VikmanSWEAIK Jr.9Davide FadaniITALugano Jr.10Jakub MalekCZEVsetin Jr.last_img read more