What Is Natasha’s Law?

Natasha’s Law, which comes into effect from October 2021, will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods packaged for sale on the premises. The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, is being introduced to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy.

This amendment was brought about thanks to the actions of a lobbying group lead by the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a prepacked meal. Due to their efforts, the government confirmed that stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with food allergies and give them greater confidence in the food they buy. 

According to the new rules, PPDS (Prepacked for Direct Sale) food will have to clearly display the following information on the packaging:

  • Name of the food.
  • Full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised (for example in bold, italics or a different colour).

These changes will apply to businesses in England and are also expected to come into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the near future. It is estimated that almost 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from an allergy.

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From October 2021, all foods produced and packed for sale at the same premises must be labelled with a full list of ingredients. The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, is being introduced to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy.

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UK Food Labelling Resource

Natasha’s Law UK Food Labelling Resource is a non-profit information group that aims to support the effective roll-out of new food labelling legislation in the UK. This group represents stakeholders from across food industry, academia and government, brought together by Nutritics, a nutrition and allergen management software company. The new amendment is being put into effect from October 2021. However, this may be impacted by Covid-19.

The goal of Natasha’s Law UK Food Labelling Resource is to help UK food businesses of all sizes to prepare and adapt to the changes brought about by Natasha’s Law. The initiative was set to aid businesses by first raising awareness of the Food Information Amendment 2019 and then providing them with access to support, frequently asked questions, advice, training, workshops, and resources related to new allergen labelling rules.

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“I encourage businesses large and small to work with the Food Standards Agency to get this right. Success will mean more choice and better protection for the millions of people – our families, friends, colleagues and neighbours across the UK – who have food allergies.”

Heather Hancock, Food Standards Agency Chair

This Initiative is Supported By Nutritics

The UK Food Labelling Resource was initiated by Nutritics, a nutrition and allergen management software company with clients worldwide. Nutritics is a strong supporter of Natasha’s Law and firmly believes in the amendment’s potential to protect the lives of millions of allergen sufferers in the UK.

Food businesses across the UK use Nutritics for labelling and menu planning and will be relying on its software to deliver their requirements under the new directive. Nutritics has done a huge amount of research to prepare for the amendment and has engaged with multiple stakeholders – and believes that everyone should be empowered with access to all of the information as early as possible. 

To encourage successful enactment of the legislation, Nutritics has committed to support food businesses to be proactive in their efforts to comply with new legal requirements. This group was set up to provide free training, consultative support and access to the best resources available.

Nutritics wants to ensure that best practice methodologies are followed and the correct resources are afforded to UK Food Businesses. Ultimately, the partners involved in this initiative want everyone to have the most reliable and up-to-date allergen information possible.

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The Food Labelling Resource Guide

From 1 October 2021, the way food businesses provide allergen labelling information on Pre-packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) food will change. In this short, easily digestible resource guide we provide a complete introduction to Natasha’s Law. This includes: 

  • How Natasha’s Law Will Impact Food Businesses

  • Your Responsibilities as a Food Business 

  • Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Preparing Your Business – The First Steps

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