Erudus Extended Food Allergy Icon Font - ReadMe & Usage

Dave Liske, Luna Pier, Michigan. February 2021.

The Erudus Extended Food Allergy Icon Font and its included CSS, implemented without any further dependencies, allows for the selection of either a 32px, a (recommended) 50px, or a 145px font size for an extended set of the Erudus Food Allergy Icon Font for diet types and allergens, from Erudus: The Food Industry’s Collaborative Solution to Sharing Product Data, West Yorkshire, UK.

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Erudus Ltd's original design notes are as follows:

The Erudus Food Allergy Icon Font is designed to help designers and developers provide a pixel perfect solution, aiding users to quickly and easily identify in a graphical format whether a food product contains or may contain any of the EU’s 14 Major Food Allergens. (as outlined in the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011 and EU Food Information Regulation 1169/2001).

At the time of publication, no standardised approach to the graphic representation of the presence of allergen ingredients in food products has been agreed. Various icons and visual representations are being used across the food industry.

In the US the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the presentation of information regarding eight of the same allergens, referred to colloquially as the "Big Eight", in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004

I have extended the Erudus Food Allergy Icon Font to include other known allergies, diet and cuisine types, and popular icons for menu item spiciness designations.

  1. Certification is required to claim an item fulfills the requirements of some of the included cuisines, that the kitchen follows the requirements for those cuisines, and for the specific usage of some of the Cuisine icons.
  2. Caution must be exercised when dealing with allergen information, so it is important to take great care in using these icons.
  3. The author is not responsible for any usage claims and/or the certification required for the use of these icons by any entity or establishment.
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