How can you make sure that your customers and your business is not affected by these allergens and the new regulations?

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As a food business operator, maintaining good relations and taking care of your customers is an important and responsible duty towards your customers. People can be allergic or intolerant to many different foods or food ingredients due to presence of allergens (agents causing allergies).

European Union law stipulates that only the use of 14 specific food allergens in producing or preparing a food (including beverages) must be declared. As a part of new legal requirement all food businesses using or handling the following food allergens are required to declare the use of food allergens in food products (including beverages) whether pre-packed or non pre-packed.

Iviand.com has developed a comprehensive allergen management solution which aims at compliance on the above said legislation through a software that houses a database of the commonly used ingredients in the industry. The objective is to provide the features in our software that can automatically identify the allergens on a food ingredient used in a recipe and can collate the allergen data in various ingredients used in the creation of a recipe.

The task here is simplified as the food business can create and manage their own recipe in the software. A food business can create their recipes in the software and the same recipe information along with allergen information and calorific value and even food composition can be made available at the point of sale with our allergen data incorporated android tab based mobile / stationary software.
This software can be customised to be incorporated with any existing point of sale system or facility management systems. This process saves huge time and effort at the end of various food business operators who will end up spending too much time identifying and declaring allergen information

This is cloud based system and this can be sync with various user systems / tab/ point of sale system within an operational environment. Tab based point of sale does not need to be online always and only need to be sync at intervals as decided in advance.

The following are the mentioned (in the law) and identified (in the developed software) allergens in pre-packed or non pre-packed food products:
1. Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat (such as spelt and khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats or their hybridised strains, and products thereof, except:
(a) wheat based glucose syrups including dextrose (1);
(b) wheat based maltodextrins (1);
(c) glucose syrups based on barley;
(d) cereals used for making alcoholic distillates including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin;
2. Crustaceans and products thereof;
3. Eggs and products thereof;
4. Fish and products thereof, except:
(a) fish gelatine used as carrier for vitamin or carotenoid preparations;
(b) fish gelatine or Isinglass used as fining agent in beer and wine;
5. Peanuts and products thereof;
6. Soybeans and products thereof, except:
(a) fully refined soybean oil and fat (1);
(b) natural mixed tocopherols (E306), natural D-alpha tocopherol, natural D- alpha tocopherol acetate, and natural D-alpha tocopherol succinate from soybean sources;
(c) vegetable oils derived phytosterols and phytosterol esters from soybean sources;
(d) plant stanol ester produced from vegetable oil sterols from soybean sources;
7. Milk and products thereof (including lactose), except:
(a) whey used for making alcoholic distillates including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin;
(b) lactitol;
8. Nuts, namely: almonds (Amygdalus communis L.), hazelnuts (Corylus avellana), walnuts (Juglans regia), cashews (Anacardium occidentale), pecan nuts (Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) K. Koch), Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), pistachio nuts (Pistacia vera), macadamia or Queensland nuts (Macadamia ternifolia), and products thereof, except for nuts used for making alcoholic distillates including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin;
9. Celery and products thereof;
10. Mustard and products thereof;
11. Sesame seeds and products thereof;
12. Sulphur dioxide and sulphites at concentrations of more than 10mg/kg or 10mg/litre in terms of the total SO2 which are to be calculated for products as proposed ready for consumption or as reconstituted according to the instructions of the manufacturers;
13. Lupin and products thereof;
14. Molluscs and products thereof.

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