Amber Valley Info

Trading standards are warning restaurants and takeaways to take extra care when preparing food after samples of meals for customers with egg allergies were found to contain unsafe levels of egg protein.

When it snows go to
Or call 08456 058 058 for

      > School Closures
      > Latest Weather
      > Road Conditions
      > Grit Bins
      > Gritting Routes



Derbyshire Trading Standards Allergy Warning To Food Outlets

by Amber Valley Info on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Trading standards are warning restaurants and takeaways to take extra care when preparing food after samples of meals for customers with egg allergies were found to contain unsafe levels of egg protein.

Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers took samples from 12 Chinese takeaways across the county and tests found that in some cases the meals contained levels of egg protein 470 times the considered safe level* for an egg allergy sufferer. If eaten, the meals could have potentially caused a severe reaction.

County council trading standards officers carried out the random tests following a number of high profile incidents nationally, which have led to the hospitalisation or, in some cases, the death of allergy sufferers.

When tested, 10 of the 12 meals were found to contain egg protein in excess of what is considered a safe level (0.03mg)*. The 10 samples were found to contain between 3mg and 14mg.

The 10 takeaways have received warnings and will be visited again by trading standards.

Due to the high failure rate in the samples taken, trading standards officers are reminding all restaurants and takeaways across the county to be aware of the importance of good allergen controls, as even a minute amount of an allergen such as egg, milk or peanuts, could be potentially very serious to someone with an allergy.

Businesses convicted of supplying unsafe food can be fined or receive a prison sentence.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “It’s really important that all food outlets stick to strict rules and ensure that people are being served what they have asked for.

“The consequences to people unknowingly eating food they are allergic to can be really serious and consumers must be able to have full confidence in what they are buying.”

Councillor Hart added: “Although I’m sure most takeaways and restaurants do abide by the rules, our tests showed a worrying failure rate. That’s why we are sending out this warning to all businesses selling food and why we’ll be continuing with this work to ensure businesses are following all guidelines and protecting consumers.

“There’s lots of information available for consumers and businesses on the council’s website, and if people want to find places that specifically pledge to offer allergen-free food they can also search our Heart of Derbyshire pages where there is a wide range of restaurants and takeaways listed.”

The county council has recently updated the information it has on its website for businesses and the public around allergens. It’s been translated in to a number of languages and can be found by going to

Information on takeaways and restaurants pledging to offer meals free from a variety of allergens is available at

News Home Latest News News Search Submit News

Amber Valley Local News

New sexual health campaign to reach over 35's A three-month sexual health campaign, which encourages Derbyshire residents to look aft... read more

This 2.45m Belper mansion looks gorgeous inside and has a cottage in the garden It's also fitted with loads of high-tech ki... read more

This is what you can expect from the weather this weekend This is the weekend weather forecast for East Midlands.... read more

Belper School students support girls in Malawi 
 Pupils make reusable sanitary towels to send out
 ... read more

More news from Amber Valley


Find out more about cookies we store on your computer.

Find out about advertising on Amber Valley info.
Q R Codes

Find out about and download our QR Codes.
Social Media

Amber Valley Info are on Facebook and Twitter.
Legal Stuff

Read our copy of the sites terms and conditions.
Business Listings in Alfreton, Business Listings in Ripley, Business Listings in Heanor, Business Listings in Belper, Business Listings in Amber Valley, Business Listings in Somercotes, Business Listings in Swanwick, Business Listings in Loscoe, Business Listings in Codnor, Business Listings in Ambergate, Business Listings in Crich, Business Listings in South Wingfield, Business Listings in Denby, Business Listings in Heage, Business Listings in Kilburn, Business Listings in Duffield, Business Listings in Chesterfield, Business Listings in Derby, Business Listings in Nottingham, Business Listings in Derbyshire, Business Listings in East Midlands, Business Listings in Matlock, Business Listings in Ilkeston, Business Listings in Mansfield, Business Listings in Sutton In Ashfield, Business Listings in Kirkby In Ashfield, Business Listings in DE5, Business Listings in DE55, Business Listings in DE56