New legislation (the Food Information (Amendment) Regulations 2019) is being introduced to provide further protection to allergy sufferers who buy foods that are ‘prepacked for direct sale’ (PPDS) to give them more confidence in the food they buy.
It comes into force on the 1st October 2021 in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and is commonly referred to as Natasha’s Law after the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who had an allergic reaction after eating a filled baguette which did not carry full ingredient and allergen labelling at the time.
At present, the allergen information for PPDS products can be provided by any means, including being informed verbally by staff i.e. ‘Speak to a member of staff for allergy advice’.
Natasha’s Law will require food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on ‘pre‑packed for direct sale’ (PPDS) foods, and where there are any allergens in the recipe, these must be clearly indicated by a unique typeface, e.g. bold.
The new food labelling requirements
- The new allergen labelling requirements will apply to a category of food called ‘prepacked for direct sale’ (PPDS) from 1st Oct 2021.
- This is food which is packaged at the same place it is offered to consumers.
- Typical examples would include sandwiches packaged and sold from the same premises or fast food wrapped or packaged before a customer selects or orders it.
- Made to order or unwrapped foods are not affected by this new law, although allergen information must still be available for these products.
As a SALSA Accredited Manufacturer of Sauces and Spice mixtures Firefly Barbecue are able to offer you all the information that you need to make sure that you fully comply with Natasha's Law.