Allergy information is critical on all packaging going forward

3 December 2020

Natasha’s Law

Millions of allergy sufferers across the country will be protected by a new law laid in Parliament in 2019 which will require more foods to be labelled with allergen information.

The law, which comes into effect from October 2021, will require businesses to provide full ingredient and allergen labelling on foods which are pre-packed for direct sale.

What foods are covered in the new legislation?

Although customers may be intolerant or allergic to other ingredients, the following 14 allergens must be clearly declared as by the new UK food laws.

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten (oats and barley)
  • Crustaceans (crabs, lobster, prawns)
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Lupin
  • Molluscs (oysters and mussels)
  • Mustard
  • Sesame
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites (for concentrations above ten parts per million)
    Tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews, macadamias, and pistachios)
  • The deadline for making all changes to PPDS labelling is the 1st October 2021 – Natasha’s law will require any business based in England to label all foods packed and produced on-premise with a clear & complete list of ingredients. Failure to comply with the new regulations will attract substantial financial penalties and such a breach may carry a criminal offence.

    How does this differ from the current situation?

    Prepacked foods for direct sale’ are foods that have been made and packed on the same premises from which they are being sold. For example, a packaged sandwich or salad made by staff earlier in the day and placed on a shelf for purchase.

    Currently, these foods are not required to carry labels and information on allergens, as it is expected that the customer can speak with the person who made or packed the product for this information. This has led people mistakenly assuming that the food does not contain any allergens.

    What will Natasha’s Law achieve?

    Natasha’s Law will help protect food hypersensitive consumers by requiring potentially life-saving allergen information on the label of any food prepacked for direct sale.

    Any Questions?

    Our team of dedicated experts at your side, we can guide you through every step of the process, allowing you to gain compliance with ease. Contact us to learn more.