FAQs for Independents

Natasha’s law will require any business based in England to label all foods packed and produced site with a clear & complete list of ingredients. This legislation will be legally enforced.

In the UK, it’s estimated that 1-2% of adults and 5-8% of children suffer from a food allergy. This equates to roughly 2 million people living in the UK.

Natasha’s law will help protect those allergy sufferers by requiring businesses to display potentially life saving allergen information on the label of any food PPDS.

The changes will apply from 1 October 2021, to allow food businesses time to prepare for compliance with the new rules. The legislative changes have been introduced in England, Northern Ireland and WalesSimilar changes are expected to be introduced in Scotland by Food Standards Scotland to ensure consistency of provision of food information across the UK.

Natasha’s law states that the following 14 allergens must be clearly identified customers maybe intolerant or allergic to other ingredients but only these are mandatory.

  • Celery
  • Cereals containing gluten – wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats Note: The cereal name e.g ‘wheat’, must be declared and highlighted, not ‘gluten’)
  • Crustaceans (crabs, lobster, prawns)
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia/Queensland nut) Note: The name of the nut, e.g. ‘almond’, must be declared and highlighted, not ‘nuts’
  • Lupin
  • Molluscs (oysters and mussels)
  • Mustard
  • Sesame
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites (for concentrations above ten parts per million)

Read our blog post on the 14 allergens here.

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With 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.

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Food businesses currently need to tell customers if any food they provide contains any of the 14 major allergens, listed as an ingredient. From October 2021, the way food businesses must provide allergen labelling information for Prepacked for Direct Sale (PPDS) will change. Foods will need to have a label with a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients in bold, emphasised clearly.