Tip of the Week
We have been asked a lot of questions on the subject of Allergen labelling so here is an overview of the requirements.
On the 1st October 2021, the new Allergen Regulations will come into effect. The new “Natasha’s Law” requires all pre-packaged foods prepared on site to be labelled with a full list of ingredients highlighting any of the 14 main allergens that are present in the ingredients.
Pre packaged foods include any item that you prepare on site, package up and display on a shelf or chiller. This includes items such as sandwiches, salads, pasta pots, baguettes, cakes etc.
Here is the list of Information required on any food item you package on site –
- Product Description – This must be an accurate description of what the product is made from – eg Cheese and Chutney Sandwich
- Use By Date
- Full list of ingredients – This includes listing all ingredients contained in the finished product. So for the Cheese & Chutney Sandwich example you would need to list all the ingredients contained in the sandwich – bread, chutney, cheese, spread and any other foods you add. Be careful to include all ingredients that may have been added to your finished product – for example chicken marinated in buttermilk will contain milk
- Identification of any of the 14 main allergens. This should be identified as follows – flour (gluten), prawns (crustaceans), tahini (sesame), Cheese (milk) etc., so it is clear which ingredient is the allergen.
- Nutritional Value – this is not currently a requirement however it may become so in the future. If the labelling system you plan to use includes the ability to detail the nutritional information on the label, it may be a good idea to add this now rather than revisiting it at a later date.
Products that do not require labelling.
- Toasties/paninis etc that are premade ready for toasting but not packaged but are then put in a takeaway bag when cooked do not require a label.
- Sandwiches that are made to order do not require full labelling
The easiest way of noting any of the 14 allergens contained in your food is to highlight them in BOLD on your ingredients list. Add a clause to your label stating “Allergens are noted in BOLD”.
Weekly Food Fact
Did you know that it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 350g jar of peanut butter. To comply with the term Peanut Butter, the product must contain a minimum of 90% peanuts.
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