Friday, 3 April 2015

A word of caution!

My day started this morning with Thomasina Miers of Wahaca announcing on Radio 2 that sourdough was good for people suffering from problems with gluten (which is NOT TRUE)...... and has come to an end with uproar about Hotel Chocolat's Milk Free Milk chocolate not being milk free (it has no milk ingredients).

I know how important it is for people to follow the dietary exclusions relevant to their own allergy, intolerance, auto immune disease or any other medical requirement. It is also important that people are able to follow a lifestyle which excludes foods for religious or personal reasons.

For many different reasons companies have begun to offer freefrom foods and products available on the general market. Some of these companies will be genuine, knowledgeable and suitable, some companies will be trying to understand the freefrom customer and some companies will just be jumping on the band wagon and trying to make money!

All products offered for sale must comply with the EU Food Information Regulations regarding food allergens, /
This law requires all food service businesses and food producers to label the top 14 allergens listed by the EU regulations.

The point I am making is this; PLEASE check that any product offered for sale is suitable for your dietary needs. If the information you require is not on the product please request more information from the seller or manufacturer. Every individual is different. We all have different tolerance levels and different reactions. Only you can judge if a product is suitable for you based on the best information you can gather.

1 comment:

  1. I'm actually so disappointed to hear Thomasina Miers said that! I have her Simple Mexican cookbook and I love it, but someone so very in the public eye should be more careful before they open their mouths, especially about something that's so incredibly important. People who suffer from problems eating gluten will generally know better, but it gives the wrong impression to people who might need to cater for them! So dangerous. I've seen a few pieces about Hotel Chocolat over the last few days...they announced this on Good Friday?? Awful. I hope everyone managed to get alternatives in time.

    Vikki Cook