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Natasha’s Law is Now in Effect – Is Your Business Compliant?

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Natasha’s Law is Now in Effect – Is Your Business Compliant?

Natasha’s Law is Now in Effect – Is Your Business Compliant?

The law is named in tribute to Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who tragically died after an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette in 2016.

As of 1 October 2021 all packaged food sold in businesses across the UK must display a full list of ingredients, and if it contains any of the 14 regulated allergens, this must be emphasised to the customer.

The change in law concerns food that is packaged at the same place that it is offered to be sold to consumers, also known as food prepacked for direct sale, or “PPDS”. Examples of this are products such as sandwiches, bakes, or salads that are prepared by a café owner and sold directly to customers on the premises.

To date, it was required that allergens and ingredients were made available upon request, and this remains the case for food that is prepared on site but is not packaged.

My business sells food, am I labelling the products correctly?

A study commissioned by GS1 UK published just over a month ago found that 8 in 10 business owners felt unprepared for Natasha’s Law, and 4 in 10 of persons surveyed had not heard of it at all.

This regulation adds to the numerous existing laws that regulate what information must be contained on a food label, and how such label is to be presented. Business owners must ensure that they name their products appropriately, emphasise ingredients that are considered high risk to those allergic to them, and conform to formatting requirements of the label. For example, if a label is handwritten, the writing must be of a large enough font.

Small, independent food business boomed during COVID-19 as people explored their interests in home baking and cooking when under lockdown. Some of these business owners have expanded into selling their products from mobile or pop-up stores at festivals, fêtes and other venues. Such businesses are likely to fall under Natasha’s law and must take care to observe the regulatory changes.

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If you would like further information on this change in the law, or are interested in advice and legal support to help your business comply, please contact Daisy Divoka

This article was prepared by Olivia Malek.