Cambridge college receives Allergen Accredited Venue recognition

Bill Brogan (left) and Ian Hogg
29/11/2017 - 09:32
St John’s College in Cambridge has been recognised as an Allergen Accredited Venue following an assessment this summer.

In receiving the accreditation, the college joins St Mary’s Primary School in Beckenham, Manchester Met University and The Wavell School in Hampshire as the academic institutions to hold the accolade.

The St John’s catering team produces around 1,400 meals each day in its Cambridge kitchens, for different dining locations in the college – from the Cafeteria through to fine dining for lunches and dinners.

Bill Brogan, conference & catering manager said: “A huge amount of work has gone into this accreditation and I’d like to thank Ian Hogg, assistant catering manager who has led the initiative.

“The College has had an Allergy Policy in place for some time and working towards this accreditation has helped ensure we meet the objectives set. It has involved not only reviewing practices, but also training our team to understand the implications and responsibilities of being an Allergen Accredited Venue.

"Before each service starts, all staff are briefed on the dishes to be served and what specific allergens are contained. This is backed up by allergen cards and details on the menu which also provide this information.

“We have a growing number of students and visitors from both the UK and overseas who have allergens and food intolerances, particularly in relation to dairy. This accreditation highlights our official commitment to engaging with and helping to meet their requirements.”

Brogan added that going forward, the college would undertake two sessions of allergen training every year for all staff and also undergo an annual Allergy Audit, conducted by external assessors.

Other Allergen Accredited venues include London's Chatham House, whose food provision is run by contract caterer Harbour & Jones, and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, Somerset.

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