The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have announced a grant of £1.5 million will be given to local authorities to help them enforce new food labelling laws.
Following the implementation of Natasha’s Law in October 2021, businesses have had to ensure that all foods pre-packed now show a full list of ingredients, with all the major allergens highlighted.
Local authorities will be inspecting businesses to ensure they’re meeting the new requirements, which means an increased workload.
Defra and FSA will pay for these extra costs until 31st March 2023, calculations have been based on the assumption that businesses selling pre-packed foods will be inspected every two years.
To see a full list of local authorities set to receive the grant, click here.