Natasha’s Law will come into force October 1 2021, and means any food you sell that is prepared on site and pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) will need to be labelled with the name of the food and a full ingredients list.
To aid our members, the NFRN has created an easy-to-read Natasha’s Law guide which can be downloaded here.
Pre-Packaged for Direct Sale food
- Boxed salads
- Pasta pots
- Packaged sandwiches
- Grab and Go Items like paninis
- Wrapped sausage rolls and other bakery products
- Pots of takeaway porridge
Generally, all food that is wrapped or packaged before selection will fall under new labelling requirements.
If a business provides PPDS food, they must clearly provide:
- The name of the food
- Full ingredients list with allergens specifically emphasised
- Ingredient and allergen information provided must be accurate and presented in a suitable format
- All ingredients found in a product must be listed including any sub-ingredients (e.g. spread on sandwiches, salad dressings)
- Two million in the UK live with a diagnosed food allergy
- Over 600,000 (1 in 100) have coeliac disease
- Roughly, 10 people die per year from a food-induced anaphylaxis
- Some 1,500 asthma deaths are triggered by allergies each year
- For high-risk individuals, trace amounts of food allergens can trigger fatal or near fatal symptoms
- Majority of people who suffered have no idea they are high-risk
- Young adults and teens are classed as particularly ‘at risk’ of suffering severe reactions