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Get ready: UK food allergy rules changed

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From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling changed in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. The new labelling help to consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.

Businesses need to check if their products require PPDS labelling and what they need to do to comply with the new rules.

The amendment is also known as Natasha’s Law after the teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after suffering an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a prepacked meal at Pret Manger.

According to the new rules, PPDS 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).
  • PPDS allergen labelling changes for fast food and takeaway restaurants

According to the Food Standards Agency, this amendment applies to any food business that produces PPDS food, including kebab shops, burger restaurants, pizzerias, fried chicken shops, Chinese takeaways, fish and chip shops, and restaurants selling food to go.

PPDS food is food that is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers. It is a single item, consisting of the food and its packaging, that is ready for presentation to the consumer before it is ordered or selected.


Following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette, the government confirmed stronger laws would be implemented to protect those with allergies and give them greater confidence in the food they buy.Natasha’s family have campaigned for the law of food allergen labelling to change.

According to the Food Standards Agency, this amendment applies to any food business that produces PPDS food, including kebab shops, burger restaurants, pizzerias, fried chicken shops, Chinese takeaways, fish and chip shops, and restaurants selling food to go.

PPDS food is food that is packaged at the same place it is offered or sold to consumers. It is a single item, consisting of the food and its packaging, that is ready for presentation to the consumer before it is ordered or selected.

The changes mean that food packaged before the consumer orders or selects it will require labelling.

For restaurants and takeaways this may mean changes to labelling for foods such as boxed meals, burgers and other products.

PPDS food that may be provided by a fast food or takeaway restaurant include cartons of chips or chicken nuggets, either in packaging and placed under a hot lamp, as well as breakfast or lunch boxes ready for sale to the final consumer.

But it does not include food that is not in packaging when the consumer orders it, as is the case with pizza on display with loose slices served unpackaged or fried chicken that’s not boxed under a hot lamp.

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