New EU Food Labeling Requirements for Restaurants

Tucatz web design, print services, ciudad quesada, torrevieja

THE EU FOOD INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS regulations (1169/2011) require all unpackaged food items to be labelled with allergen information. This could mean restaurant businesses large and small having to reprint their menus at some considerable expense. But with a hefty fine at stake there may be no other choice.

Restaurants and cafes are running out of time to ensure they meet the deadline to comply with the new European food regulations. We are reminding food businesses that new regulations on food labelling are now in effect and companies which fail to comply face a hefty fine.

The EU Regulation No1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers requires that 14 specific allergens are clearly signposted on food packaging, and most manufacturers have already complied.

But many cafes, restaurants and catering businesses may be unaware that the rules also apply to them. Even when they are serving up food they have cooked themselves, as well as food that has been removed from its packaging, staff should be ready to answer questions on ingredients and about which allergens may be present.

Restaurants, cafes and takeaways may not realise that the new rules carry huge implications for any business that serves food to its customers. Menus must be appropriately endorsed with legally compliant and legible allergy information, with each listed dish clearly illustrating the potential allergens contained within the ingredients, using a Europe-wide standardised set of graphical logos.

Business owners and their staff need to be ready to quickly and accurately answer questions on which allergens, such as gluten, eggs, fish and nuts, are present in the dishes on offer. It may be helpful to have a list of ingredients for each menu item at hand to ensure that the information is readily available.

Businesses can at any time be inspected by environmental health authorities and failure to comply with food regulations can carry a fine of up to £5,000 per offence in the UK, with similar penalties across the EU. Companies also leave themselves open to legal action if they serve up food containing allergens to an allergy sufferer who has asked for information about ingredients and has ordered on the basis of incorrect information.

Time to ensure compliance really is running short and any business owner who is unsure about the rules and how they might be applied should make sure they take appropriate advice as soon as possible.

Visit Local Costa Blanca Companies Online Now

Windows Phone Website Rendering Issues

Tucatz web design, print services, ciudad quesada, torrevieja

TUCATZ CREATES DYNAMIC WEBSITES that are responsive to screen size and operating environment and render well on smartphones, pads, laptops, and PC’s without the requirement for an additional mobile site. Max Harrison, our Digital Correspondent in the United Kingdom asks, “So why do some websites not look as good on my Nokia Smartphone?”

The latest generation of Nokia and Microsoft smartphones utilise Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. During the development phase we test new websites on a stock Motorola Android smartphone, the latest iteration of Apple’s class-leading iPad, and both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox web browsers to ensure that they render as perfectly as possible. If they don’t we re-code the offending page elements.

Microsoft don’t offer much support for web developers, and instead choose to offer development support only for those involved in the production of applications for the latest generation of Windows Smartphones. Thus, despite previous software fixes from Microsoft some sites still don’t render well on these devices.

Note that the updates promised by this pre-emptive article from The Verge were actually missing from the Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade, and the only additional notable support for web content was the inclusion of support for HTML5 video content.

The latest version of the Windows Phone operating system, Windows 10 Mobile starts a limited consumer roll out today (10th April). It includes an updated browser with a new web rendering engine currently only known as Project Spartan which we’re hoping will fix more of the rendering issues on Windows smartphones.

However, questions over how many handsets will actually receive the update, and pre-published documentation stating that Spartan won’t support some legacy technologies natively like Browser Helper Objects or ActiveX, indicate that this could be another missed opportunity by Microsoft.

We understand the importance of cross-platform accessibility, but as developers, until the consumer uptake of the latest Microsoft mobile technology improves (currently representing just 2.4% of the total mobile market and falling 2014 Q4) it’s just not worth making rendering changes for mobile Windows systems which will most likely result in reduced quality rendering on the remaining 97.6% of devices out there.

We also have to consider the demographics of the potential customers for the businesses we build websites for. In the case of the website in question, the Kudos Villas Estate Agency website in Spain; their target consumers are 45+, asset heavy, cash rich buyers already invested heavily in Apple or Android hardware. Given the consumption statistics available, uptake of Windows Phone mobile devices in this consumer segment is likely to be sparse at best.

Visit Local Costa Blanca Companies Online Now