The Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019
Natasha’s Law is designed to provide those with food allergies complete certainty that the Pre-packed for Direct Sale (PPDS) food they are buying is safe for them to eat.
At the moment, businesses selling food prepared on the same premises where it is sold don’t need to put allergen information on the label, which means allergy sufferers have to ask staff for the information they need to buy with confidence.
Parliament has now legislated so foods like these must come with a full list of ingredients. The new legislation covers any business that is preparing, packing and selling food from the same premises, or food that is packed centrally and sold. from a mobile stall or vehicle belonging to the same business.
The new rules will only apply to businesses in England, although Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to quickly adopt Natasha’s Law too and are also encouraged to become compliant by the October 2021 deadline.
What types of foods are covered?
The kinds of foods covered by Natasha’s Law are categorised as Pre-packed for Direct sale (PPDS).
This would include products such as sandwiches, salads or pasta salads made by staff in-house, wrapped or placed in packaging and then put on display for sale. Pre-packed food can be defined when it is either fully or partly enclosed by the packaging and cannot be altered without opening or changing the packaging.
What type of information has to be included on the product?
All Pre-packed for Direct Sale products will need to clearly display the name of the food and a full list of all ingredients. Any allergens must be highlighted within the ingredients list, for example, by printing them in bold or in a different colour.
The suggested print size is 7PT or larger on your computer.
It will not be acceptable just to have a list of allergens after October 2021.
Under current legislation, there are 14 allergens that must be identified if they have been used as ingredients, or if ingredients have been derived from one of the allergens and are used in the food.
What are the 14 Allergens?
How can Fairfield help?
Fairfield can supply a range of thermal printers and label design software to help create your labels, offering a cost-effective solution in a small package. We also provide a range of plain or part-printed labels (for example with your logo) for you add the product details and ingredients on site.
An ideal printer option is one which can be fully portable and doesn’t need a computer to print the labels once they have been designed. An on-board screen and keypad allow the user to choose the label type and quantity to print. Our range of printers are available with either 2033 or 300dpi print heads for pin-sharp small text – ideal for creating relatively small labels with lots of text.
Contact us for further details of our range of printers for this application or to request a demonstration by filling in the form below.
If you would like total flexibility and be able to add colour to your labels (for example a picture of the product or your logo) in addition to your product details and ingredients list, we can also offer a solution for you in the form of a colour inkjet label printer. This printer offers high quality colour printing with durable images, providing enhanced shelf appeal for your products.
Get in touch with your design requirements and we’ll create some samples for you, or, tell us what you’re looking for from your label and we’ll do the rest!
Download a copy of our Natasha’s Law introduction here.