The 14,290 bars, cafes and restaurants in the Canaries will have to inform their clients about the allergenic content of foods being served. The measure is the result of EU directive 1169/2011, and regional establishments have until the end of 2014 to come into line. The announcement was made by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, which confirmed that the health department, Sanidad, through the Agencia Española de Consumo, Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición, is already implementing the requirements.
Staff working in catering outlets must be informed and trained on the presence of each and every one of the ingredients considered allergens. currently 14 substances in all. The announcement stressed that cases of food allergies have increased significantly in the past 20 years and, according to the EU, 70% of allergic reactions occur outside the home. The Chamber of Commerce said that it has organized a programme of courses to raise awareness of allergy and food intolerance problems.
Estalishments that do not meet EU food security regulations will now face fines of between €5,000 and €600,000.