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Evaluation of 'Provision of Allergen Information for Non Pre-Packed Foods' Guidance

Jigsaw Research
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This research was commissioned to assess the awareness and uptake of the full guidance, and gauge its impact on businesses. As mentioned above, the full guidance was accompanied by a leaflet and a poster, and research also examined the impact of these supporting materials amongst the target audience.

Specifically, the research objectives were to:

  • Assess the level of awareness of the full guidance and supporting materials.
  • Explore the uptake of the guidance and supporting materials and the extent to which it has led to businesses changing their practices.
  • Assess the usefulness of the full guidance and supporting materials.
  • Assess whether these materials would be sufficient guidance for businesses if a statutory requirement to provide allergen information was introduced.

The project consisted of both qualitative and quantitative research. For the qualitative stage, a total of 16 in-depth interviews were conducted with various caterers and retailers, some training bodies and Environmental Health and Trading Standards Officers (EHO’s and TSO’s). For the quantitative stage, a total of 374 semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with caterers and EHO’s and TSO’s.

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Food Standards Agency
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Food Allergens