After the very sad death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a prepacked meal. From 1st October 2021, the new allergen legislation known as Natasha’s Law will come into effect. This includes night time economy venues as well as day time venues.
The legislation means that the labelling requirements for food that is pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) will change in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Currently, pre-packed food and drink prepared off-site needs to be clearly labelled with an ingredients list. If it is prepared on-site for direct sale the allergen information simply needs to be given in writing, it doesn’t need to be displayed on the packaging.
However, this changes from the 1st October 2021 all businesses will be required to label all products, including those which are prepared and packaged on-site with a full ingredients list.
For clarity, the label on the food will need to show the name of the food and all of the ingredients listed with the 14 allergens declared by law. They need to be highlighted in a bold or differentiated text so that they are obvious.
Examples of these ready for sale and consumption foods are sandwiches, Sushi, pastries, salads, baked goods or things kept under a hot lamp that are pre-packaged such as sausage rolls, pizza slices, soup, noodles, pasties, toasties or burgers. This can include food that customers have selected themselves via a fridge or hot cabinet or food that is kept behind a counter and then served directly to the customer on their choosing.
Anything that cannot be labelled in such a way can’t be sold and must be removed from sale before the 1st October 2021. A warning if you don’t comply enforcement can be taken against you and no one wants this, especially as we’ve all been through such a rough time.
You can access the full Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidance by clicking here.
If you haven’t done so already we would recommend that you update your risk assessments and staff training to ensure that all staff are aware of their legal responsibilities surrounding this.
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