Fast food restaurants: How Marka can help with your PPDS food

17 June 2021

Fast food restaurants selling PPDS food – An update

From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The new labelling will help protect your consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.

Any business that produces PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list.

How are allergens currently managed?

Allergen information can be provided in writing on menus, chalkboards, notices, etc by simply listing the allergens present in the food. Alternatively, a single allergen notice specifying the allergens present in every dish is permitted, provided that it is visible to the customer prior to ordering.

If customers must place their order at a single point (by queuing at the counter, for example) the information only needs to be visible from that point; however, if customers can order from multiple points (bar, table, etc) then the information should be presented at each point (on the menu, for example).

The most reliable way of providing the allergen information is in writing; this should be considered best practice.

What’s changing in October?

From the 1 October the requirements for Pre-Packed for Direct Sale foods (PPDS) will change. The new labelling will help protect your consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.

Any business that produces PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list.

Further protect your customers

There are certain practical steps you can take to avoid accidental contamination with allergens, which include:

  • having separate kitchen areas, chopping blocks, utensils, pans, etc for the preparation of foods containing allergens
  • thoroughly washing chopping blocks, utensils, pans, etc after they have been used to prepare meals containing allergens
  • storing ingredients and prepared foods separately in closed containers
  • keeping ingredients that contain allergens separate from other ingredients

How Can Marka help?

With an easy to use app for store colleagues and a powerful administration tool to manage your ingredients and product data, Marka is the perfect way to produce and print your allergen and nutrition labels on pre-packed for direct sale foods. Fully comply with Natasha’s Law and keep your customers safe. Marka is a cost effective and simple way to print your allergen and nutrition labels. The great quality hardware is affordable and can be bought outright or paid on finance and the software operates on a clear monthly subscription model, giving you access to the app and our first-class support.

Contact us to find out more or to book a demo