New food allergen law comes into force on 1 October

Trading Standards Wales is supporting an initiative by Greater Gwent Food Group to reduce deaths from allergic reactions. The Greater Gwent Food Group, a partnership between Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport City and Torfaen councils, released a new multilingual allergen resource for food businesses in Wales, England and Northern Ireland to help protect the estimated two million plus people living with a diagnosed food allergy in the UK.

The materials are being released just before Natasha's Law comes into force.  The new law due to be enacted in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on 1 October, means significant changes for labelling of food pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS).  PPDS is food which is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers and is in this packaging before it is ordered or selected.  It can include food that consumers select themselves (e.g. from a display unit), as well as products kept behind a counter and some food sold at mobile or temporary outlets. 

Any food business selling PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and full list of ingredients with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list.  

The resources are freely available and hosted on the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) website and contains a variety of materials on the topic of food allergens. 

Read more at New food allergen law comes into force on 1 October | Torfaen County Borough Council

Posted on: Wednesday 15th September 2021