PPDS allergen labelling - Natasha's Law: How to Comply?

3 June 2021  |  Mike

The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha’s Law, comes into effect from October 2021 and will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale on the premises. The legislation is being introduced to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy.

This amendment was brought about thanks to the actions of a lobbying group lead by the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a prepacked meal. Due to their efforts, the government confirmed that stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with food allergies and give them greater confidence in the food they buy.  

These changes will apply to businesses in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Similar changes will be introduced at the same time in Scotland by Food Standards Scotland. It is estimated that almost 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from an allergy.

From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The new labelling will help protect your consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging. 

Food businesses need to tell customers if any food they provide contain any of the listed allergens as an ingredient. Consumers may be allergic or have intolerance to other ingredients, but only the 14 allergens are required to be declared as allergens by food law. The 14 allergens are: celery, cereals containing gluten (such as barley and oats), crustaceans (such as prawns, crabs and lobsters), eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs (such as mussels and oysters), mustard, peanuts, sesame, soybeans, sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than ten parts per million) and tree nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts). This also applies to additives, processing aids and any other substances which are present in the final product  

What is PPDS food? 

Prepacked for direct sale or PPDS is food which is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers and is in this packaging before it is ordered or selected. It can include food that consumers select themselves (e.g. from a display unit), as well as products kept behind a counter and some food sold at mobile or temporary outlets. 

What needs to be on the label? 

The label needs to show the name of the food and the ingredients list with the 14 allergens required to be declared by law emphasised within it. 

How can I comply? 

We’ve developed a solution leveraging BarTender Professional label software to automatically recognise when ingredients making up your PPDS product label are on the allergens list and so automatically bolding these allergen ingredients when printing your label. BarTender Professional together with a Zebra printer can help put you in control of your PPDS labelling needs. Speak to us today to see how we can help you prepare to meet the challenge. 

Contact us 

Email: sales@smartlabelling.co.uk
Phone: 01978 437537


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