New research claims more needs to be done in the foodservice and hospitality sector to stop allergen contamination in the supply chain.

The study by foodservice solutions firm Trade Interchange claims eight out of 10 hospitality businesses, including pubs, are asking for more information about allergens in the supply chain.

The findings in the white paper On High Alert: Allergens in the Foodservice and Hospitality Supply Chain were produced from research on 225 professionals who are directly responsible for managing food and drinks suppliers.

It found that the majority of the sector – 84 per cent – was working to improve visibility of allergens in the supply chain, but 79 per cent said more should be done to be transparent.

Three quarters of hospitality professionals also believe there should be an increase in the number of allergens included in the list of 14 allergens labelled under EU law.

The report revealed that the majority of operators still use manual systems to document supplier information – making management of allergen data challenging.

Mike Edmunds, co-founder and managing director of Trade Interchange, said: "With heightened awareness of risks around allergens, it is of paramount importance that businesses work towards enhanced supplier management to reduce the chance of contamination from allergens."