CHANGES to labelling requirements for allergy information and foods that are pre-packed for sale come into force from October 1.
More commonly known as “Natasha’s Law”, the changes will affect a large number of hospitality businesses, including takeaways, bakeries, sandwich shops and more.
The law has been changed after a campaign following the passing of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, a teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a pre-packed meal.
Pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) is food that is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers, and is in this packaging before it is ordered or selected.
The changes will require PPDS food to be labelled with the name of the food and a full comprehensive ingredients list, with the allergenic ingredients emphasised.
Cllr Hitesh Patel, cabinet member for environment, housing and public protection, said: “The new requirements will not only help consumers to make well-informed choices when purchasing food products, but also helps to keep consumers safe.
“The changes will effect most hospitality businesses regardless of their size. As such, it’s important that Warrington businesses are fully aware of the changes coming into effect on 1 October and are confident knowing what is required of them.
“The Food Standards Agency has provided lots of information and guidance to help all businesses, big and small, to be able to produce and sell their products in line with the new law.”
Further guidance, videos and examples can be found here on the Food Standards Agency website.