Make your own food labelling stickers with Marka

7 July 2021

Why Food Labels are important

In the UK, 1-2% of adults have a food allergy. This, combined with the 5-8% of children with a food allergy, equates to about 2 million people. This figure doesn’t include those with food intolerances. This means the actual number of affected people living with food allergy and/or food intolerance is considerably more. Food labels are crucial in helping customers with allergies make safe choices.

All prepacked food must have a food label which displays mandatory information. All food is subject to general food labelling requirements and any labelling provided must be accurate and not misleading.

Name of the food

The name of the food must be clearly stated on the packaging and not be misleading.

If there is a name prescribed in law this must be used.

In the absence of a legal name, a customary name can be used. This might be a name that has become commonly understood by consumers and established over time such as ‘BLT’ for a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

If there is no customary name or it is not used, a descriptive name of the food must be provided. This must be sufficiently descriptive to inform the consumer of the true nature of the food and to enable it to be distinguished from products with which it might otherwise be confused. Most products will fall into this category and require a descriptive name.

If the food has been processed in some way, the process must be included in the title, for example ‘smoked bacon’, ‘salted peanuts’ or ‘dried fruit’.

A processed food is any food that has been altered in some way during preparation.

List of ingredients

If your food product has two or more ingredients you must list them all under the heading ‘Ingredients’ or a suitable heading which includes the word ‘ingredients.

Ingredients must be listed in order of weight, with the main ingredient first according to the amounts that were used to make the food.

If your food product has two or more ingredients, you must list them all under the heading ‘Ingredients’ or a suitable heading which includes the word ‘ingredients.

Ingredients must be listed in order of weight, with the main ingredient first according to the amounts that were used to make the food.

Allergen Information

Where a food product contains any of the 14 allergens, required to be declared by law, as ingredients, these allergens must be listed and emphasised within the ingredients list.

How can Marka help?

Creating great looking and legally compliant food stickers with Marka is a breeze, simply login from your laptop, desktop or tablet to easily add or edit products. Fully customise your allergen labels including branding and layout. Allergens are automatically highlighted in bold when creating products, eliminating human error.

Whatever kind of food business you operate, it’s important that your customers can clearly see the allergen and nutrition content of the food you sell. Your full menu can be uploaded to Marka, so your staff can print a professional allergen & nutrition label for any of your products in seconds.

Preparing for Natasha’s Law

Currently, businesses selling food prepared on the same premises where it is sold do not need to put allergen information on the label, which means allergy sufferers have to ask staff for the information they need to buy with confidence.

From October 1st 2021, new laws will make it mandatory for foods like these must come with a full list of ingredients.

The law follows the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who died after an allergic reaction to sesame seeds in 2016. The new law, known as ‘Natasha’s Law,’ includes stricter requirements for foods to carry a full ingredients list. The hope is this will prevent deaths and allergic reactions in the future. It is estimated that between 1-10% of adults and children have a food hypersensitivity. However as many as 20% of the population experience some reactions to foods which make them believe they do have a food hypersensitivity.

Natasha’s law is also an opportunity for business to grow, customers want to know what they are eating and welcome the transparency. Customers are more likely to spend their money at the places that make it easy for them to find the information that they want

For nutrition facts and allergen labelling that makes your business compliant, choose Marka