On 1st October 2021, the law on allergen labelling for Prepacked for Direct Sale (PPDS) foods will change. This means that any food business selling food which is packaged at the same place it is sold and is in packaging before it is ordered will have to include full ingredients on the product label with allergenic ingredients emphasised within that list.
Also known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, the changes come following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse from an allergic reaction caused by a prepacked baguette which, at the time, did not require allergen labelling.
PPDS foods can include salads and sandwiches that customers select themselves as well as pre-wrapped foods kept behind a counter, as well as some products packaged and sold at mobile or temporary outlets.
More information is available at https://www.gov.im/foodallergens including new labelling guidance for PPDS and sector guides. These guides give each sector practical information on PPDS and how these changes could impact a food business:
The Environmental Health team are available to provide advice to businesses who think they may be affected by these changes and can be contacted on (01624) 685894 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.