Natasha's Law - food information regulations
Amendments to the Food Information Regulations introduced by Natasha’s Law came into effect in October 2021. They require prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods, other than those sold by distance means (for example over the internet or by telephone), to be labelled with a full ingredient list that emphasises the presence of allergens in the food.
What you can do
See if your business must comply with Natasha’s Law by using the Food Standards Agency’s allergen and food ingredients decision tool.
Read our Natasha's Law guidance (PDF, 196.4 KB) that explains the changes introduced by the new legislation which increases the amount of information you must include on PPDS food.
The reason for the law
In July 2016, 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died from eating sesame seeds that were baked into the dough of a baguette. At that time the law did not required allergens to be listed on the packaging and so Natasha, who had a severe allergy to sesame, was not aware of the hidden ingredient.
Natasha’s parents campaigned for a change in the law, and Natasha’s Law came into effect on 1 October 2021.
Information and advice from Food Standards Agency
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has an allergen and ingredients food labelling decision tool.
Use this labelling tool to find out whether the changes apply to your business and what you need to do.
The FSA website has other resources including:
Kent Scientific Services
Kent Scientific Services provide UKAS accredited full nutritional analysis for all legally required information, formal and informal food and feed analysis including allergens.
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