A wide range of resources have been published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to help grocery retailers and other food businesses prepare for new allergen labelling regulations coming into force in October.
From October 1, the law on allergen labelling for pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) foods will change with all food business required to include full ingredients on product labels with an emphasis on allergenic ingredients.
Known as Natasha’s Law, the changes were adopted following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from an allergic reaction caused by a packaged baguette which, at the time, did not require allergen labelling as it was prepared on site.
To help support food businesses, FSA has launched a PPDS Hub featuring useful information including new labelling guidance for PPDS foods and guides that will be helpful to specific sectors including bakery, butchers, fast food and takeaways, mobile sellers, restaurants, cafes and pubs, and schools.
The guides each give practical information on PPDS and how these changes could impact a food business.
FSA will also be hosting a webinar for food businesses on August 4 at 2pm. The webinar will feature a range of speakers who can discuss these changes and answer your questions. It is open to businesses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, along with the FSA in NI will also host a webinar for Northern Ireland food businesses on August 12 at 10am.
Tracy Hardy, Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland Food Hypersensitivity lead, said: “The FSA’s ambition is that the UK becomes the best place in the world for a food hypersensitive consumer and the upcoming allergen labelling changes are a huge milestone for people with food allergies.
“We recognise the significant impact this will have on many businesses, and with less than three months to go, we want to ensure businesses are supported in making these changes.
“As well as the guidance and resources we have available, we are working in partnership with CAFRE to support businesses and answer their questions and have designed our webinars with micro and small businesses in mind.”
To register for the PPDS webinar, please visit https://ppdsbusiness.fsaevents.co.uk/home
If you cannot attend either of these webinars, a recording will be made available on the PPDS Hub of the FSA website for you to view afterwards.