What does Natasha’s Law mean for your foodservice operation?

What does Natasha’s Law mean for your foodservice operation?

From the 1st of October 2021, Natasha’s Law will require full ingredient and specific allergen listing on all prepacked food for direct sale (PPDS). At Tri-Label, we are here to prepare your foodservice business for the upcoming allergen labelling requirements.

Natasha’s Law was laid in parliament in September 2019, following the tragic death of 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. Natasha died from an anaphylactic reaction, after unknowingly eating sesame seeds in an improperly labelled baguette from a Pret a Manger outlet. Natasha’s Law highlights a colossal change, set to protect allergy sufferers nationwide.

As experts in food labelling, Tri-Label want to help your business be more than ready for October’s upcoming legislation changes.

What is ‘prepacked food for direct sale?’

Food items may fall into this category based on three aspects – when, where and how, they were packaged.

When – Food items packed before they are ordered or purchased by a customer. Any loose and unpackaged products are not included.

Where – Food items prepacked at the same site where they are being offered and sold are included. This also includes any packaged food items that are:

  • transported by a business to be sold at a temporary or mobile site (food trucks and market stalls)
  • offered and sold at different units in one building complex (airports or shopping centres)

How – To fit into the category, food items must be all the following:

  • either partly or fully covered by packaging
  • unchangeable without removing or opening the packaging in some way
  • set for final sale to the customer

If you’re still unsure whether your business sells PPDS, the FSA has an easy to use identifier.

What information needs to be on PPDS labels?

The information needed on Natasha’s Law compliant labels includes:

  • The name of the food
  • A full ingredient list – with any of the 14 allergens clearly highlighted

The 14 allergens are:

  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Crustaceans
  • Nuts
  • Celery
  • Eggs
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Fish
  • Sulphur Dioxide
  • Peanuts
  • Sulphites
  • Soybeans
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs

Current Tri-Label Allergen Food Rotation Label

How can Tri-Label help?

There is just under a year before the legislation comes into effect – but, why wait? With Tri-Label’s expertise in food labelling at your fingertips – now is the perfect time.

Tri-Label Online is our cloud-based software, designed around ease and simplicity. We thrive on using simple, effective, and tested systems to ensure our customers get the best we can offer. There are both self-print and pre-print options available.

Self-Print

Create and print your own food labels with any PC and printer using our state-of-the-art food labelling software. Our software is quick and simple to use. It manages your labelling requirements from product descriptions, ingredients, bar codes and allergen and nutritional information. Even the government’s front of pack traffic light system is included. Amend labels and comply with changes in food labelling legislation with ease.

 

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