26th June 2019
New legislation named after allergy victim Natasha Ednan-Laperouse requires food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods.
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Food Labelling Services comments:
A new law requiring food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods has been announced by the government. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced plans to introduce ‘Natasha’s Law’ by summer 2021 in an effort to protect food allergy sufferers. Currently written allergen information is only required on pre-packaged food prepared off-site. The new law would require businesses to ensure that food prepared on the premises in which it is sold is also labelled with an ingredients and allergens list.
This is good for consumer information, and it reflects consumer demands to understand more about ingredients in products. There should be no difference in the requirements between prepacked and foods packed on site. However, this will pose a challenge for retailers, as there will have to be ingreased training of staff on allergens and all retail outlets will have to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information from their suppliers on the allergens in their ingredients.
There is a concern that some small retailers do not understand what the 14 recognised allergens are, and there will have to be support in place to ensure that the ingredient and allergen declarations are correct. If in doubt, it is advised to ask professional advice from Food Labelling companies such as Food Labelling Services.