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Drinks from cof­fee vend­ing ma­chines ‘pose al­lergy threat’

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♦cof­fee vend­ing ma­chines pose an al­lergy risk be­cause of “cross con­tam­i­na­tion” of drinks, a trad­ing stan­dards watchdog has warned.

The stan­dards team at Tor­faen county bor­ough coun­cil in South Wales vis­ited 10 busi­nesses that sold hot drinks dis­pensed from vend­ing ma­chines be­tween April and Septem­ber. They found se­ri­ous fail­ings in the pro­vi­sion of al­ler­gen in­for­ma­tion and also found cross con­tam­i­na­tion of milk to prod­ucts that did not con­tain milk as an in­tended in­gre­di­ent. Two of the drinks not sup­posed to con­tain milk had de­tectable lev­els high enough to cause a re­ac­tion in the most se­verely al­ler­gic in­di­vid­u­als.

Food Man­u­fac­ture mag­a­zine said half the busi­nesses were not pro­vid­ing con­sumers with statu­tory food al­ler­gen in­for­ma­tion as re­quired by the Food In­for­ma­tion Reg­u­la­tions 2014. Of those that were, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found it was in­cor­rect, in­ad­e­quate or hard to find.

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