It’s estimated that over two million people in the UK are living with a diagnosed food allergy. The introduction of Natasha’s Law will protect those with allergies and give them greater confidence in the food and beverages they buy from hospitality and foodservice providers.
From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. The new labelling will help protect consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.
PPDS food will be required to display a label with:
Natasha's Law will apply to any food business operator, regardless of its size, meaning that both national chains and small businesses alike will have the same requirements to display the full ingredients on their food packaging.
So, if your business makes food that is pre-packed for direct sale, then you need to ensure that you are compliant with Natasha’s Law by October 2021.
Prepacked for direct sale or PPDS is any food that has been made, packaged and sold directly to consumers. This can include salads and sandwiches that consumers select themselves and pre-wrapped foods kept behind a counter.
For a food to be classed as PPDS, it must be:
Here are some examples of PPDS food:
Still confused? To make things easier, the Food Standards Agency has created a food labelling tool to help you identify if your food is classed as PPDS, click here to find out more.
Here are some of our top tips to prepare for October:
For further guidance on how to prepare your business, head to the Food Standards Agency website here.
The most effective way to ensure reliable and accurate nutritional and allergen information is the use of a system. With Epsys, our eProcurement and procure-to-pay system, you can access up-to-date nutritional and allergen data on food ingredients. This can help your business to save time and comply with the new legislation secure in the knowledge that the allergen information is correct and always readily available.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can support your business with Epsys, get in touch with us here.