New food laws to protect allergy sufferers

Hart District Council is reminding all food businesses in the area that from Friday (1 October) new laws are coming in to protect customers who suffer from allergies.

The legislation, Natasha’s Law, requires all food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on food packaged for sale on their premises.

This amendment was brought about due to the actions of a lobbying group led by the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, a teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to sesame seeds, an undeclared ingredient in her baguette.

According to the new rules, to be enforced by Trading Standards, PPDS (Prepacked for Direct Sale) food will have to clearly display the following information on the packaging:

  • Name of the food.
  • Full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised (for example in bold, italics or a different colour).

Common foods that can fall into this category include sandwiches, salads and pies made and sold from the premises in which they are made. It is expected that the customers should be able to speak with the person who made or packed the product to ask about ingredients.

Councillor Sara Kinnell, Cabinet member for Environmental Health, said: “Up to 10% of children and adults suffer from a food allergy and this welcome legislation is being introduced to protect allergy sufferers and give them confidence in the food they buy.

“We urge all our Hart food businesses, particularly delis and cafes, to make sure they understand the law changes. It’s critically important for your business and the health of customers that your staff know about allergies and how to manage them.”

More information is on the food safety section of our website, including links to training and an allergen checklist. If you need more advice for your business, please email eh@hart.gov.uk.

27 September 2021