Published Tuesday, 28 September 2021
On 1 October 2021, the law on allergen labelling for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods will change.
This means that any food business selling PPDS foods will have to include full ingredients on the product label with allergenic ingredients emphasised within that list.
Also known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, the changes come following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from an allergic reaction caused by a prepacked baguette which, at the time, did not require allergen labelling.
PPDS foods can include salads and sandwiches that customers select themselves as well as pre-wrapped foods kept behind a counter, as well as some products packaged and sold at mobile or temporary outlets.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a PPDS Hub featuring helpful information including new labelling guidance for PPDS foods and sector guides. The guides for bakery, butchers, fast food and takeaways, mobile sellers, restaurants, cafes and pubs, events and schools each give practical information on PPDS and how these changes could impact a food business.
The FSA also hosted a webinar for businesses in August which discussed the changes and gave examples of what other businesses have done to prepare for these changes. It is still available on the PPDS Hub of the FSA website to view.
Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council said, “With less than a week to go, we are working with the FSA and are encouraging food businesses currently selling PPDS products to visit the FSA website to make full use of the information and advice available ahead of the 1 October deadline.”