Our products contain a variety of different ingredients and are suitable for a range
of diets. You can identify if a product contains certain ingredients by clicking
on the product and checking the "contains symbols".
suitable for vegetarians
A true food allergy or (food hypersensitivity) is the overreaction of the body to
an otherwise harmless food or food component.
In a true food allergy, the body's immune system mistakenly identifies a component
in food as harmful and produces antibodies against it. The antibodies recognise
the 'harmful' particle and produces antibodies against it. The antibodies recognise
the 'harmful' particle and trigger an immune response. Symptoms may include: hives,
shortness of breath, hypotension (dangerously low blood pressure), cardiovascular
collapse, and in severe circumstances even death.
Under European Union labelling rules, a specific list of allergens must be identified
on food labels to ensure that consumers are informed of the complete contents of
the food. This enables consumers with allergies to identify any ingredients that
may be present. The allergen list includes: cereals containing gluten, eggs, lupin,
milk, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya, mustard, celery, fish, molluscs, crustaceans
and sulphites or sulphur dioxide.
A food intolerance is a general adverse reaction to foods and does not involve the
immune system, but it is triggered by a range of other factors. Generally, the severity
of teh symptoms in a food intolerance is proportional to the amount of food ingested.
This differs from a food allergy: in a food allergy, even small amounts of the allergen
can lead to a full blown anaphylactic reaction. Symptoms are usually gastrointestinal
such as nausea, stomach cramps, heartburn, diarrhoea, headaches and vomiting.
We understand that avoiding some foods that can cause allergies or intolerances
can be a painstaking task. We hope therefore that the nutrition page showing the "contains symbols"
for each product, will be helpful.