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Allergen label changes for pre packaged food for direct sale

Revised legislation, also known as Natasha’s Law, for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) comes into force on the 1 October 2021. It applies to all products designated as PPDS.

These are foods are packaged at the same place they are offered for sale to consumers. This includes pre-wrapped products kept behind a counter, and also food that has been made in-store, wrapped and then placed in a chilled ‘grab & go’ unit, or pies, bakes and sausage rolls that have been baked and are then wrapped before being placed into a hot cabinet.

From 1 October 2021, all PPDS food will need to have a label showing the name and quantity of the food and the full ingredient list. This label must have any of the 14 declarable allergens that are present highlighted:

  • celery
  • cereals containing gluten
  • crustaceans,
  • eggs
  • fish
  • milk
  • lupin
  • molluscs
  • mustard
  • sesame
  •  peanuts
  • soybeans
  • sulphur dioxide/sulphites
  • nuts

For example, in bold and/or italicised so that they clearly stand out.

For more information visit the Food Standards Agency and Lancashire County Councils website.

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