New allergen labelling legislation has come into force today (1 October).
The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha’s Law, was introduced in the wake of the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a prepacked meal.
From today, all pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) food will have to clearly display the name of the food and a full ingredients list with all allergens highlighted.
Recent research from GS1 UK reported that eight in ten food business owners admitted they felt unprepared for the new food regulations, despite 90% saying they have received plenty of information about the new law.
Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) chief executive James Lowman said: “Customer safety is a key priority for local shops and we have continued to work with convenience retailers over the two-year implementation period to ensure that they are prepared for the introduction of the new law on allergens.”
To help retailers remain compliant with the new legislation, the ACS has published guidance which can be downloaded here.
The 14 allergens are
Cereals containing gluten – wheat, rye, barley, oats
Sulphur Dioxide and sulphites (at concentrations of more than 10mg/kg or 10mg/L in terms of total sulphur dioxide) – used as a preservative