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2019-05-23

At Clive’s, we manufacture to a high standard of food safety and organic status. These are both externally audited annually and verified by SALSA and the Soil Association respectively. We also work with our local trading standards and environmental health officers who inspect our business and also provide commissioned advice as and when required.

The allergens we have on the premises are; Tree nuts (brazils, almonds, walnuts), Soy (tamari, okara and soy blend), Milk (cheese), Sesame (tahini), Cereals containing Gluten (wholemeal flour, breadcrumbs), mustard and celery.

Our packaging very clearly illustrates when the product ‘contains’ an allergen – we do this by highlighting the relevant ingredient in bold and capitals. Our website also contains this information.


We reduce the likelihood of cross contamination through having complete separation and/or time separation, different equipment, colour coded PPE and controls through hygiene procedures, eg. dedicated and colour coded cleaning equipment.

May contain’ declarations are voluntary statements and need to follow Food Safety Authority guidelines. They should be useful for the consumer and based on a risk assessment to determine whether the risk of contamination is remote or probable. Even if the risk is remote, if the allergen is particularly hard to manage or the reaction more prevalent or severe, then our decision tree may still conclude that a ‘may contain’ declaration is necessary.

We have risk assessed all our manufacturing processes. We have also reviewed all our supplier product declarations and asked them to complete a risk assessment based on the same model. Where we have any further information needs we conduct an on-site audit.

As a result of this we concluded that (where a product doesn’t ‘contain’):

Nuts - we will have a ‘may contain’ declaration on all packaging due to the presence of nuts in our bakery and in our supply chain. Although these risks are carefully managed and the likelihood of contamination ‘remote’ we have voluntarily made this declaration due to nature of the allergen (small particles or dust) and the prevalence and potential severity of reaction.


Sesame - we will have a ‘may contain’ declaration on all packaging due to the presence of sesame (tahini) in our bakery and in our supply chain. Although these risks are carefully managed and the likelihood of contamination ‘remote’ we have voluntarily made this declaration due to nature of the allergen (small particles, splash or dust) and the prevalence and potential severity of reaction.

Soy - we will have a ‘may contain’ declaration on all packaging due to the presence of soy in our bakery and in our supply chain. Although these risks are carefully managed and the likelihood of contamination ‘remote’ we have voluntarily made this declaration due to the prevalence of soy in our bakery and by its nature is ‘splashy’.

Mustard – we will have a ‘may contain’ declaration on all packaging due to the presence of mustard in our bakery and in our supply chain. Although these risks are carefully managed and the likelihood of contamination ‘remote’ we have voluntarily made this declaration due to the prevalence of mustard in our bakery and by is nature as ‘small particles’.



N.B. all Clive's packaging currently contains the Nut 'may contain' declaration and the others will be added as new packaging is printed during 2019.

We will not make a ‘may contain’ declaration for the following allergens. This does not mean that cross contamination could never happen it just means it is unlikely:

Peanuts – these are not in our bakery and we have strict controls in place. Peanuts are in our supply chain but are carefully controlled and we are assured that the likelihood of cross contamination is remote.
Celery – this is in only one of our products which is time-segregated, and hygiene controls manage the risk sufficiently. The allergen is also easy to see and is unlikely to be distributed (no dust for example).
Milk – this is in only one of our products which is time-segregated, and hygiene controls manage the risk sufficiently. Hygiene is verified through the use of protein swabs. The allergen is also easy to see and is unlikely to be distributed (no dust for example).
Cereals containing Gluten – we have managed complete separation of cereals containing gluten for nearly 20 years, we test our gluten free products regularly for traces of gluten and verify our hygiene controls through swab testing. We have never had a result showing gluten. There are some risks of gluten cross contamination in our supply chain but we work to minimize these and our testing regime confirms the reliability of our suppliers in this regard.
Sulphites, crustaceans, mollusks, fish, eggs and lupin have very little presence in our supply chain, are all risk assessed as remote and are not present in our bakery.

We hope that this information is useful to customers of Clive’s. We are very happy to talk to you or provide further information. Please do get in touch.

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