One of the main reasons that the UK has voted for a Brexit is that the country as a whole, was getting annoyed with the constant weird and wonderful laws that they had to adhere to that had been dictated to them not by the UK Government but by the EU.
Whilst some of the laws passed in Brussels were completely outrageous, such as requiring only straight bananas to be sold, or only being able to sell fruit and vegetables in kilos not pounds, some of them could be life saving.
One such law recently passed in Brussels is however a law which we think all countries of the world should adopt, and it involves all food outlets whether a café, diner, restaurant or even supermarkets and stores being legally required to have to label their menus or food packages in such a way that they list up to 14 different ingredients that could cause some people to have an allergic reaction.
Some allergic reactions are of course only minor and could see someone simply sneezing or having running and watery eyes, but there are some food related allergic reactions that can and do cause death.
This new law recently passed by the EU which all member states now have to adopt list 14 ingredients which are Celery/Celeriac, Cereals with gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Lupin, Milk, Molluscs, Mustard, Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame, Soya and Sulphur dioxide (or sulphites), and as such all food outlets need to ensure that they do abide by the rules in regards to labelling their packages or menus or face some very hefty fines.
This do pose a question for airlines for there has been stories abound whereby passengers have been told not to open or eat any foodstuffs on a flight due to one of the passengers onboard that flight being allergic to nuts, and one has to wonder is such announcements will have to be made if a passenger is allergic to any of those fourteen foodstuffs too.
Food allergies, can as mention above, be fatal and one of the problems some European countries have been experience is that poorly run takeaway outlets have not been labelling their menus indicating if there are any allergic reaction causing foods in them which is probably why this law has been enacted.
This new law now puts the onus of the food outlets or retail outlet owners and the food producers to ensure all possible allergens are labelled correctly and thus giving their customers the information they need to ensure if they do have an allergy to any foodstuffs they are fully aware of what the ingredients are when visiting that venue or purchasing foodstuffs from that venue.