Infographic: 5 steps to smarter allergen segregation
Effective allergen segregation is more important today than ever before. Around 2 million people in the UK are living with a food allergy and hospital admissions are continuing to increase. In fact, since 1990, UK hospital admissions for children with food allergies have increased by an incredible 700%.
We’ve created a new infographic (below) to highlight the problem, along with 5 tips for smarter, simpler allergen segregation.
For a more detailed look at the topic, we’ve also produced an in-depth guide which is available for you to download – Simplifying allergen segregation: 10 tips to improve the way you handle food allergens
For ease, we’ve also written up a text version for you below. Here are 5 of our top tips:
1. Question the provenance of your produce
Ask you suppliers about the allergens they process and the controls in place to prevent cross-contamination.
If they cannot provide reassurance, you should assume that your ingredients contain allergens that you may have thought were unrelated to you ingredients.
2. Bring colour to your production site
Many sites use different coloured production utensils for different types of allergens to prevent cross-contamination when handling different ingredients.
3. Create designated spill stations
Dealing with spills effectively starts with using the right cleaning equipment and knowing where to find it. Designated spill station shadow boards make it easy.
4. Allocate responsibility to key staff
Designating key responsibilities to specific members of staff should be a key part of any food safety strategy. Processes and systems are obviously essential, but food safety ultimately comes down to people. In order to get genuine buy in from your staff they need to be engaged in the process.
Giving them accountability will go a long way to building a culture of trust and ensuring standards are always maintained – whether management is present or not.
5. Audit yourself
Consider asking a third party or a colleague from a sister site to conduct your food safety audit. Investigate yourself with the same rigour and standards that you would expect from an external audit.