Tableware and light equipment specialist, Parsley in Time, has published an allergens brochure which includes guidance and lists the wide variety of smallwares, cookware and prep equipment available to help caterers.
In a bid to decrease cross-contamination, the brochure points out that there are more than 170 foodstuffs that can cause a reaction, and over 17 million people in Europe suffer from food allergies.
Listing the top fourteen food allergens, the brochure also notes that a staggering 44% of British adults suffer from at least one allergy and the number is on the rise.
The brochure divides the products available into four key areas: food storage, food prep, cooking and serving.
The company said: “It’s important to make it as simple as possible for kitchen staff to know they are using allergen-free equipment, which is why all Parsley in Time’s suggested products for use with allergens are colour coded purple, so they are easily distinguished from other tools, preventing cross-contamination.”
The products in the brochure are all manufactured by leading American and European brands, including Cambro, Pujadas, San Jamar and Vollrath.
Rob Blunderfield, Parsley in Time’s marketing manager, said: “We’ve tried to cover every area, to give caterers the fullest possible choice and protection.
“So as well as the expected products, such as storage pans and cutting boards, there are purple thermometers, purple gloves, purple ladles, and so on. There are even purple prep station mats, printed with useful allergen information, that can be used to designate a safe prep area.”
In terms of pricing, the allergen products are broadly in line with their conventional counterparts.
For example, purple cutting boards start from £11.40, purple tongs with utility grips cost from £9.15, and non-stick frying pans with purple handles go from £23.70.