From this Friday (1st October), the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The new labelling will help protect consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.
This introduction is to help you check if your business is affected by the new allergen labelling requirements and what to do next, to comply with the law.
Any business that produces PPDS food will be required to label it with the name of the food and a full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised within the list.
Businesses need to check if their products require PPDS labelling and what they need to do to comply with the new rules. To check if your products meet the criteria for PPDS, you can use the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) allergen and ingredient food labelling tool.
What needs to be on the label?
The label needs to show the name of the food and the ingredients list with the 14 allergens required to be declared by law emphasised within it.
These need to be in line with the legal requirements that apply to naming the food and listing ingredients. Food businesses must still ensure they comply with existing relevant food information and labelling requirements for the country they operate in.
For more information, videos or guidance, have a look at the FSA website.