Tip of the Week
Last week Natasha’s Law, a new Allergen labelling law, was announced. This law follows UK wide consultation on allergen labelling after the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from an allergic reaction after eating an unlabelled baguette from Pret a Manger in 2016.
The new legislation requires any foods that are pre-packaged on site for direct sale to be labelled, with a full list of ingredients with allergens highlighted in bold.
This will require you to list all ingredients and allergens on the labels of any sandwiches, wraps, salad pots, cakes etc that you make on site and pre-pack prior to selling from your premises. This law only applies to pre-packaged food and not food made to order.
The law will be mandatory in Summer 2021, which gives us more time than expected to organise this labelling. However, many food businesses have already taken steps to improve labelling and everyone is being urged by the Food Standards Agency to make these changes as soon as they can, ahead of the implementation date.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you implement full ingredient listing on any pre-packaged foods as soon as possible to protect your customers and business. Once a law is announced, there is an implicit expectation to comply without waiting until the mandatory implementation date.
When compiling ingredients lists for your labels, take great care to ensure the information is 100% accurate. Check all manufacturers ingredients lists for all foods contained in your final product. You will need to take into consideration the possibility of substituted foods on delivery and how this will be checked, managed and communicated.
Weekly Food Fact
Did you know that in the UK over 3.5 billion sandwiches are bought each year. If these sandwiches are laid end to end, they would go around the world 44 times!
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