New food labelling regulations have been introduced, making it easier for people with food allergies to identify ingredients they need to avoid.
These new regulations mean that:
◾️ Allergen information must be highlighted in the ingredients list on pre-packaged food.
◾️ Allergen information must be made available to consumers for non pre-packaged foods (including catering).
◾️ Country of origin or place of provenance: origin requirements will tighten and will also extended to fresh and frozen meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.
◾️ 'Back of pack' nutritional labelling information will become mandatory on the majority of pre-packed foods. It will be possible to voluntarily repeat on ‘front of pack’ information about on nutrients such as fat, sugar and salt which affect public health. It will also be possible to provide voluntary nutrition information in the 'front of pack' format on food sold loose (such as on deli counters) and in catering establishments.
◾️ Added water in certain meat and fishery products must be shown in the name of the food if it makes up more than 5% of the final product.
◾️ There will be a minimum font size for mandatory information taking account of labelling sizes.
◾️ The types of vegetable oil used in food, such as palm oil, must be stated on the label.
◾️ Date of freezing must be shown on frozen meat, frozen meat preparations and frozen unprocessed fishery products.
◾️ Drinks with high caffeine content must also be labelled as not recommended for children or pregnant and breastfeeding women, with the actual caffeine content quoted.
◾️ If distance selling (for example online or to order) all mandatory information must be provided both before the purchase is concluded (except for durability date) and at delivery.
The Food Standards Agency are responsible for general food labelling, however, we enforce the legislation.
◾️ Allergen Guidance for Businesses
◾️ Allergy Leaflet
◾️ Food Alerts
Pre-Packed For Direct Sale (PPDS) Foods
From 1 October 2021, the requirements for prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) food labelling will change in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland. The new labelling will help protect your consumers by providing potentially life-saving allergen information on the packaging.
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.
Labelling Guidance for Food Businesses for prepacked direct sale (PPDS)
Businesses need to check if their products require PPDS labelling and what they need to do to comply with the new rules.
The following information leaflet gives a brief summary of the new requirements.
◾️ Introduction to allergen labelling changes.
PPDS Toolkits and Sector Specific Guidance.
The PPDS toolkit and sector-specific guidance will help food businesses identify whether they provide PPDS food and what changes they may need to make.
See sector-specific PPDS guidance, including information for:
◾️ Event caterers
◾️ Fast food and takeaway restaurants
◾️ Mobile sellers and street food vendors
◾️ Restaurants, cafés and pubs
◾️ Schools, colleges and nurseries
Over 160 local food businesses and caterers attended a training event ‘PREPARE YOUR FOOD BUSINESS FOR PPDS ALLERGEN LABELLING CHANGES’ hosted by CAFRE on 12 August, where they learned of the background and context of the labelling changes, from the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation. A presentation from the Food Standards Agency explained what the changes mean for businesses, how to comply with the new rules and provided an overview of the guidance and support available to businesses.
For further information contact
Food Team on 02871 253253