Natasha’s Law is due to be implemented in October 2021. An important development in helping prevent the serious effects of food allergies, this law deals with labelling products that have been packed on premises ready for sale.
Who does it affect?
Any business that is preparing, packing and selling food from the same premises, or food that is packed centrally and sold from a mobile stall or vehicle
When does it come into force?
October 2021 in England, but other UK nations are expected to follow shortly after
What foods are covered by the new law?
Any food which is Pre-Packed for Direct Sale (PPDS); that means made by staff in-house, wrapped or placed in packaging and then put on display. This could include products like sandwiches, salads, snacks and cakes.
What must we do?
All PPDS products will need to clearly display the name of the food and a full list of all ingredients. Any named allergens (from the 14 named allergens list) must be highlighted within the ingredients list, for example by printing them in bold or a different colour.
What are the penalties for non compliance?
Businesses failing to follow the new rules could face a fine of up to £5,000 per offence.
Any business who is selling or planning to sell pre-packed foods would be sensible to consider their operations and processes now, in order to allow all required changes to be in place and tested before October 2021. As well as considering the physical labelling requirements, food businesses will also need to think about staff training implications. Whilst the new law makes information more readily available and therefore easier for staff to communicate accurate information, a key message for all staff in food preparation is the importance of consistency in and clear communication of ingredients and recipes.