Allergen information

At Freedom Bakes UK we specialise in allergen free baking. This includes the following allergens:

  • Gluten

  • Dairy

  • Eggs

  • Nuts

  • Soya

The Freedom Range

On this page you will find details about the 14 allergens that the European Union has listed. Hopefully the information below will provide all the answers you need to buy our products with confidence but please don’t hesitate to contact us at Nicolasouthworth@freedombakesuk.com for any further queries you may have. Please note that at Freedom Bakes UK we make every effort to ensure no cross contamination of allergens on our premises and as much as possible ensure that we source items from reputable providers who also work to ensure no such contamination. But we cannot give a 100% guarantee that our suppliers always meet the stringent standards we expect. If you have a very severe allergy please take this into account when placing an order.

‘In the UK, it is estimated that 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children have a food allergy. This equates to around 2 million people in the UK living with a food allergy, this figure does not include those with food intolerance. This means that the actual number of affected people living with food allergy and/or intolerance is considerably more.’ From Food allergen labelling and information requirements under the EU Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011: Technical Guidance, page 9 – this document can be downloaded from the Food Standards Agency website.

Only 2 of the 14 currently identified food allergens that require listing have legal limitations imposed under Commission Regulations (EC) No. 41/2009, as follows:

Gluten

Levels of gluten for foods claiming to be either ‘gluten free’ or ‘very low gluten’ which came into force January 2012.  These levels are:

  • ‘gluten free’: 20ppm (parts per million) of gluten or less

  • ‘very low gluten’: 100 ppm of gluten or less.  However, only foods with cereal ingredients that have been specifically processed to remove the gluten may make a ‘very low gluten’ claim.

‘Around 1% of people in the UK have Coeliac Disease (sometimes referred to as gluten intolerance). This is a lifelong autoimmune disease which is caused by the immune system reacting to gluten.’ (Food Standards Agency)

All Freedom Bakes UK Freedom Range products use a ‘gluten free’ flour product supplied by Doves Farm, which also does not contain wheat, it is made up from rice, potato, tapioca, maize and buckwheat (buckwheat is not a grass and so not related to wheat, it belongs in the same family as rhubarb or sorrel).  In addition we use gluten free baking powders and xanthan gum, also supplied from Doves Farm.

Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites

To meet free from expectations ‘sulphur dioxide/sulphites must be less than 10mg per kg or litre in terms of total SO2, which are to be calculated for products proposed ready for consumers or as reconstituted according to the instructions of the manufacturers’ (page 12 of the 41/2009 regulations)

Sulphur dioxide/sulphites are often found on dried fruit where they are used as a preservative.

At Freedom Bakes UK we use dried fruits which are preserved by oil, and are also organic wherever possible. 

Peanuts and Tree Nuts

Freedom Bakes UK  particularly tries to address issues with peanuts and peanut products, and these are nowhere on our premises, thus minimising the potential for cross contamination in our packaging processes. However, whilst every care is taken to ensure ingredients are not cross contaminated by suppliers this cannot be entirely guaranteed and so caution needs to be taken by people who have an acute allergy to peanuts and peanut products.

NB: Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts etc. are called ‘tree nuts’. We do NOT have any these on the premises.

Dairy

The alternative butter used by Freedom Bakes UK in the dairy free products of the Freedom Range is Vitalite, this is a sunflower oil based butter and is certified dairy free by the manufacturer. Freedom Bakes UK purchases this product from the local supermarket.

If any allergy to sunflower is an issue please contact Freedom Bakes UK directly via email to Nicolasouthworth@freedombakesuk.com and a suitable alternative can be agreed.

The Remaining 9 Food Allergens

There are a further 9 food allergens which must be identified on consumer food packaging under the EU food information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011, these are:

  • Crustaceans and products thereof

  • Eggs and products thereof

  • Fish and products thereof

  • Soya and products thereof

  • Celery and products thereof

  • Mustard and products thereof

  • Sesame and products thereof

  • Lupin and products thereof

  • Molluscs and products thereof

If you require any further information regarding an allergen or would like to request a product allergen free please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also click here to access online information regarding the allergens listed above to get more information on that specific allergen. 

Please note that the colourings used in products with added food colouring may have an adverse effect on children.

Calmington Lane, Sandymoor, Runcorn, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom WA7 1QE

Tel: 07714669274

Email: Nicolasouthworth@freedombakesuk.com

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