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Natasha’s Law – UK Food Information Amendment

04 October 2021 | Melissa Toney

On the 1st October 2021 the UK Food Information Amendment otherwise known as Natasha’s Law came into effect.

This new legislation will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labeling on foods prepared and packaged on the same premise they are sold. For example, a sandwich or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed for sale on the shelf, or items such as cheese and meats sold from deli’s in a supermarket. The legislation is aimed to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy. It will seek to bring about consistency in the labeling of pre-packed products and transparency around allergens.

Natasha’s Law

This amendment was brought about following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a prepacked meal. Due to the efforts of Natasha’s parents who lobbied tirelessly for change, the government confirmed earlier this year that stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with food allergies and give them greater confidence in the food they buy.

The Food Standards Agency has published information for the industry to support businesses of all sizes to adapt to the changes. According to the new rules, PPDS (Prepacked for Direct Sale) food will have to clearly display the following information on the packaging:

  • Name of the food
  • Full ingredients list, with the 14 major allergenic ingredients emphasised clearly

These changes apply to businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

Specialist regulatory legal advice

Our Regulatory team can advise on any technical sector specific guidance as well as information on allergen and food labelling requirements for businesses. Contact the team by calling 0117 906 9400 or email hello@gl.law

 

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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