This is non-prepacked food.
This includes but is not limited to food without any packaging, such as loose fruit and vegetables, bread that is sold without wrapping, and food packed on the sales premises at the consumer's request after being selected or ordered.
In a retail environment this is likely to apply to foods which are sold from a delicatessen counter. This includes cold meats, cheeses, quiches, pies and dips, salad bars, bread or pastries sold without wrapping.
In a catering environment this is likely to apply to foods which are not sold prepacked, for example food from a takeaway, or meals served in a canteen or a restaurant.
Allergen information for non-prepacked food can be communicated through a variety of means to suit the format of the food business. You are required to provide information about the use of the 14 allergens if they are present in a food. You are not required to provide a full ingredients list.
Where food businesses chooses for this information to not be provided upfront in a written format, the food business must use clear signposting to direct the customer to where this information can be found such as asking members of staff. In such situations there must be a statement that can be found on food menus, chalkboards, food order tickets or food labels.
We have more information on specific allergen labelling requirements for non-prepacked food in our food allergen labelling and information requirements technical guidance.