New food labelling legislation from 1 October 2021

New food labelling legislation from 1 October 2021

Did you know that 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer with an allergy?

Natasha’s Law was created by parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who sadly died from a severe allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a pre-packed meal. Her parents and a lobbying group campaigned to get the law changed and due to their efforts, the government confirmed that stronger laws would be implemented to help protect people with allergies, giving them the confidence in the food they buy.

 

Natasha’s Law

The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha’s Law comes into force on 1 October 2021 and will require all food business to include a full list of ingredients, including allergen labelling on food pre-packed for direct sale on premises.

The changes will apply to all businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

Food pre-packed direct for sale (PPDS) will clearly need to display the following:

  • Name of the food
  • Full ingredients list
  • Allergenic ingredients emphasised (i.e. in bold)

The change in law should help to protect millions in the UK and save the lives of allergy sufferers.

 

What it means for food businesses

Whilst this is fantastic news for allergy sufferers, food preparation businesses could find this a daunting task to undertake so The UK Food Labelling Resource has prepared a series of webinars and a short, easy to understand guide to help you manage risk and implement the changes.

You can download the guide here or visit the resources page of their website for other helpful guides.

 

Managing risk

As with other risk management processes in your businesses, allergens should be treated them same. This means you’ll need to complete a risk assessment, analysing your processes, looking for ways to prevent contamination and training employees.

During a food inspection or audit, you’ll be expected to demonstrate how you’re complying with Natasha’s Law, as well as preventing cross-contamination.

 

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