For those who have an allergic reaction to specific ingredients in food, even a trace of it being present can be extremely dangerous. A European Directive EU FIR 1169/2011 lists fourteen allergens whose presence must be brought to customer’s attention, and the government in Westminster have passed legislation making it a requirement from December 2014 for this information to be readily available to anyone visiting a restaurant.At Ed’s we have already carried out a detailed study of every item that we sell, checking for the presence of each of the fourteen allergens, and the results are contained in the tables that follow. The information is based upon our recipe information, the knowledge of the ingredients that we use, and the detailed analysis that we require from every one of our suppliers.As well as being here on Ed’s website, this information is always available at every one of our Diners. If you have any questions or concerns when visiting us, please ask for help. Every member of our staff has been trained to respond to enquiries of this type, and our Diner management teams are available to supply the information to customers and to explain its use if necessary.
A few other important points should be made:
- The description on the menu of any item that we sell does not include all of the ingredients it contains. If in doubt, ask to see the Allergens Guide to every menu item, available at every Diner.
Many of the fourteen allergens are present in our kitchens in some items, and in the normal operation of our business we cannot guarantee product separation and no cross-contamination of traces of these allergens. There is a risk that items in your dish may have accidentally come into contact with an allergen at any point in time. Also, at any given time, a small number of our Diners may be trialing new ingredients or Menu items. When you arrive at our Diner please inform us if you have a food allergy before you order. We will assist you making your menu choice, and will take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of cross-contamination during the preparation of your meal.
- If you require a gluten-free meal please ask to see our GF accredited menu. Processes and training are in place to ensure that all meals on this menu are gluten-free. Fries ordered from the gluten-free menu are fried in separate fryers.
- In the information tables we have produced, ‘Tree Nuts’ refers to specific nuts defined as allergens by the EU. These include Almonds, Brazils, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Pecans, Pistachios, Walnuts and Queensland nuts. Information relating to Peanuts is shown separately.
- Where a seed or nut is a present as a significant element of that item, we state it on our menus. Examples include ‘our own toasted sesame seed bun’, ‘Peanut Butter’ or ‘Nutella’ flavours for a milkshake.
- What we do know is that, with the exception of our Birmingham Selfridges Diner, the following of the fourteen are not present in any item supplied to our kitchens and therefore are highly unlikely to be present: Fish, Molluscs, Crustacean.