General allergen information

Who is responsible for allergens info, and how do I get it via OLIO?

OLIO users who request items are responsible for ensuring they have sufficient information related to any health and safety risks. Therefore, a user’s decision to accept food from another user is done at their own risk and this is explained in our T&Cs.

  • If you are requesting items and have any known allergies, always check the listing thoroughly for allergen information or ask the OLIOer who is giving away the item.
  • Packaged items sold in the UK should always have ingredients and allergen information labelled with the exception of packaged food which has been prepared or packed on-site (e.g fresh sandwiches). 
  • For prepared or packed on-site food rescued through our Food Waste Hero (FWH) programme, items will either be fully labelled or you can check items on our business allergens page.
  • To safely share unpackaged items as a FWH, check out How to share unpackaged food items.


What are the main allergens?

There are 14 common allergens:

🌿 Celery

🌾 Cereals containing gluten

πŸ¦€ Crustaceans

πŸ₯š Eggs

🐟 Fish

🍞 Lupin (Flour often found in baked goods)

πŸ₯› Milk

🐚 Molluscs

🌭 Mustard

🌰 Nuts

πŸ₯œ Peanuts

πŸ” Sesame seeds

🌱 Soya

🍷 Sulphur dioxide & sulphites (often found in wine)

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